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Graphite - A New Way to Connect Teachers With Technology | GatesNotes

Graphite - A New Way to Connect Teachers With Technology | GatesNotes | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
Bill Gates is excited to launch a new free product called Graphite in collaboration with Common Sense Media. Graphite will focus on ratings and reviews for educational web sites, apps, and services.
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"Graphite will focus initially on ratings and reviews for educational web sites, apps, and services. A staff of experienced educators will offer their own editorial reviews.


We’re also building an active community of teachers who are using these products and sharing their own opinions. The video above explains more about how Graphite will work."


Sounds like a positive "Keep Moving Forward" approach for the 21st Century teaching and learning environments.

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OpenStax College | Access. The Future of Education

OpenStax College | Access. The Future of Education | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
Free, open-source, high-quality textbooks for your college course.

 

THE RIGHT PRICE FOR STUDENTS

The perfect price for a student budget: free. Web/PDF/EPUB copies are $0.00, forever, and printed copies ring up at just what it costs to make them.

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I sincerely believe in open and fair  access to education. These are excellent teaching and learning resources for your 21st Century learning environments.


Supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 20 Million Minds Foundation, Maxfield Foundation, and Rice University. 

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7 Tips From Effective Teachers Who Use Technology | Edudemic

7 Tips From Effective Teachers Who Use Technology | Edudemic | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

reIt’s old news that simply getting devices for your classroom is not enough. But to many teachers, figuring out how to use the devices they have (or will have) can be overwhelming.

 

This great infographic from Always Prepped outlines 7 lessons from teachers who use technology that we can all learn from, regardless of how much or little technology usage is happening in your classroom or school.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This is an excellent infographic in developing effective use of technology within your teaching and learning environment...Remember to go "a step at a time" to build your confidence as you go...Enjoy the experience, design, create, and inspire!

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What are Teachers Biggest Challenges in 2014? | EmergingEdTech

What are Teachers Biggest Challenges in 2014? | EmergingEdTech | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
First and Foremost on Teacher's Minds - Getting Students to be More Self-Directed in Their Learning. On Sunday we published the first part of our recent survey

 

On Sunday we published the first part of our recent survey results. Today we wrap it up with a look at responses to a question I posed asking about your biggest challenges. This question was not just about technology, but your overall teaching challenges.

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"This question was not just about technology, but your overall teaching challenges".... so far in 2014 and beyond.

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Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication | TechCrunch

Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication | TechCrunch | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teachers make, collect and track student assignments, and to help them better communicate with their classes.

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This is another good reason to develop Google Apps for Education domain for your 21st century learning environment.

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Arbi Mchiche's curator insight, May 7, 12:49 AM

More good Google news for educators!

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12 Ways To Share Almost Any File With Your Students | TeachThought

12 Ways To Share Almost Any File With Your Students | TeachThought | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
12 Ways To Share Almost Any File With Your Students

 

As a 21st century teacher, you probably need to share stuff, and have stuff shared with. “Stuff” like pdfs, various word processing documents, video files, and other digital fare. The traditional way to do this has been email, but limits here–including speed, file size, and the relative clunkiness of sharing with large groups–make sharing files through email less than “best practice.”

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These are great teaching and learning resources to add to your 21st century learning environment. 

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6 High-Impact Technologies in Higher Ed | Campus Technology

6 High-Impact Technologies in Higher Ed | Campus Technology | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

The NMC Horizon Report predicts six technologies that will have a significant impact on teaching and learning in the next five years.

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This is a review and trending perspective for the 21st century teaching and learning environments.

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Laura Rosillo's curator insight, April 21, 12:23 AM

Seis Tecnologías de Alto Impacto en la Educación y el Aprendizaje

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6 High-Impact Technologies in Higher Education

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Students Want More Alignment of Tech In and Out of School | Mind/Shift

Students Want More Alignment of Tech In and Out of School | Mind/Shift | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Project Tomorrow’s 2013 Speak Up survey of more than 325,000 students and 75,000 parents, teachers and administrators digs into how students and teachers are using technology in school and for learning outside of school, and comes up with some interesting insights about the pervasiveness of tech use.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

Today's teaching and learning environments require thoughtful educational design on many levels by using blended learning.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 8, 8:34 PM

Sure they do, but is that always the best? Teaching is not about giving what students want all the time. It is about figuring out to help students learn when they do not have all the choices they want.

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Why (And How) Students Are Learning To Code | Edudemic

Why (And How) Students Are Learning To Code | Edudemic | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Coding is more important now than ever before. With computer related jobs growing at a rate estimated to be 2x faster than other types of jobs, coding is becoming an important literacy for students to have and a more integral part of education and curricula.

 

The handy infographic takes a look at some of the interesting statistics about coding and computer science jobs. So if you aren’t yet sure why learning to code is important, you’ll find out below. Keep reading to learn more!

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21st century learning for 21st century jobs...makes sense.

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New: Bloom's Taxonomy Planning Kit for Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New: Bloom's Taxonomy Planning Kit for Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

The reason why I am sharing this work here is because it provides a new way to think about Bloom's Taxonomy. In Bloom's Taxonomy Planning Kit, you will be offered with a variety of key words, action verbs, outcomes and questions  related to each of the thinking levels in the taxonomy. Here is the link of the original chart, try to zoom it in to make it legible.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

 This  is an outstanding, integrated Bloom's Taxonomy Planning Kit for Teachers and can be an added resource for your teaching and learning environment.

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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, March 29, 5:43 PM

Great resource.

Phil Chappell's comment, March 29, 11:18 PM
Thanks Rob. You're correct.I have not come up with my own taxonomy, but I never intended to. Unfortunately we're no closer to empirical evidence then. I'm aware of the genesis of the work, and a group I'm in is puzzling over how it has been recontextualised to the teaching domain and become rather doctrinaire. I do hope, however, that it is a little more pedagogically valuable than Chomsky's work. It would be an interesting PhD study for someone so inclined - to chart a research agenda for Bloom's taxonomy as applied to education.
Karyn McGinley's curator insight, April 5, 1:07 PM

Thanks for sharing this.  Anything new that has to do with Bloom's has got to be good!

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6 Channels Of 21st Century Learning | TeachThought

6 Channels Of 21st Century Learning | TeachThought | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
What is 21st century learning, and how do networks and technology function within it?

 

In pursuit, the theme of “21st century learning” often surfaces, a popular label that, while perhaps cliche, still seems to be necessary as we iterate learning models, fold in digital media resources, and incorporate constantly changing technology to an already chaotic event (i.e., learning).

 

This has produced our 9 Characteristics of 21st Century Learning, a kind of overview we created in 2009, and our Inside-Out School model that is meant to be a kind of bridge between current school design and what’s possible moving forward.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This is an outstanding inforgraphic and resources for your teaching and learning in your 21st century environment. 

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Ross M. Adcock's curator insight, March 24, 8:39 PM

A great look into new channels of learning that need to be addressed and accommodated for in the modern classroom, involving concepts such as media literacy, autonomy and creative thinking. This post on TeachThought is a great example of teachers thinking about how to best evolve their teaching practices to suit their students' needs.

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, March 25, 1:48 AM

6 Channels Of 21st Century Learning

1. Dialogic Response: Learning is a conversation–whether personal, local, and direct.

2. Community Interaction

3. Abstraction & Creativity: Creativity isn’t just art and whimsy.

4. Media Literacy: Digital media evolves constantly.

5. Play: This is the opposite of compliant response to teacher-centered environments.

6. Self-Directed Learning: broadly can include academic response, project-based learning, game-based learning, and  other learning forms

Brad Merrick's curator insight, March 25, 4:14 AM

Places emphasis on the need to encourage thinking and play as we learn, trusting the individual and encouraging their creativity.

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6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns | TeachThought

6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns | TeachThought | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns

 

..."Brain-targeted teaching can engage and excite students because it taps into factors that stimulate the brain, grab the attention, and set the stage for learning".

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This is a good review of understanding how the brain engages the teaching and learning process which could improve executive functions and metacognitive integration. 

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The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use | The Verge

The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use | The Verge | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Starting now, that's going to change. Getty Images is dropping the watermark for the bulk of its collection, in exchange for an open-embed program that will let users drop in any image they want, as long as the service gets to append a footer at the bottom of the picture with a credit and link to the licensing page. For a small-scale WordPress blog with no photo budget, this looks an awful lot like free stock imagery.

 
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This is great news for teachers throughout the world! Thank you!

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Michael Westwood's curator insight, March 8, 7:14 AM

This is great news for bloggers and teachers who want to share ethically poignant images.

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The Beginner's Guide To Google In The Classroom | Edudemic

The Beginner's Guide To Google In The Classroom | Edudemic | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Google offers a ton of solutions for students, teachers, and classrooms. Some products are intentionally designed for classrooms, others just happen to work well for that setting as well as many others.


The Google Apps For Education and Google Play for Education are two tools built for teachers and students that encompass a ton of different solutions for different types of work.The handy infographic below takes a look at some usage statistics on Google tools in the classroom along with a few tidbits about Apps for Education if you’re not familiar with them. Keep reading to learn mo

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These are outstanding teaching and learning resources for your 21st Century classroom!

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment | TeachThought

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment | TeachThought | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

 

Wherever we are, we’d all like to think our classrooms are “intellectually active” places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean?

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

"They can act as a kind of criteria to measure your own against–see if you notice a pattern".  Check to see if these criteria apply within your teaching and learning process and environments.

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From Badges to Breakthroughs: Unleashing Learner Potential through Competency-Based Achievements | EducauseReview

From Badges to Breakthroughs: Unleashing Learner Potential through Competency-Based Achievements | EducauseReview | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online

 

In the From Badges to Breakthroughs: Unleashing Learner Potential through Competency-Based Achievements panel session at EDUCAUSE 2013, various presenters explored challenging innovations related to prior learning assessments, badge frameworks, and verification of competencies as options for extending low-cost, quality educational opportunities for increasingly diverse student and instructor populations.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This is an excellent article and resources on Competency-based achievement with MOOC's as a Catalyst.

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CAST: New Website Provides UDL Resources for Higher Education

CAST: New Website Provides UDL Resources for Higher Education | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

CAST today announced the launch of On Course, a collection of resources that help postsecondary educators and administrators improve instruction through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The online resource is provided at no charge to users at http://udloncourse.cast.org.

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These are outstanding resources for UDL for your 21st century  teaching and learning environment.

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Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning | Getting Smart

Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning | Getting Smart | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
Paper outlines how the role of teachers is changing amid broader shifts to personalized, blended, and deeper learning.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

"The paper outlines how the role of teachers is changing amid broader shifts to personalized, blended, and deeper learning. In order for the current state of teacher preparation and development to evolve accordingly, the authors recommend professional learning opportunities that echo the type of personalized learning that is recommended for students:

 

- Some element of teacher control over time, place, path and/or pace;

 

- Balance between teacher-defined goals, goals as defined by administration through teacher evaluation efforts, and school and district educational goals;

 

- Job-embedded and meaningful integration into classroom practice;

 

- Competency-based progression."

 

This paper would be a key addition to your Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP).

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A Vision of K-12 Students Today - YouTube

This project was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills. Equally important, it ...
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“If we teach children the same way as we did yesterday, we rob them of the tomorrow.” John Dewy


21st Century teaching and learning environments...needs for today and tomorrow...

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8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms | Hongkiat.com

8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms | Hongkiat.com | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education in ways we may have yet to see. At the very least though, we ... Continue reading »
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"Hold your breath, make a wish...count to three"...

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Jean-Michel Durantet's curator insight, April 15, 12:51 AM

Le futur des salles de classes

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21st Century Education Perspective...| TeachThought

21st Century Education Perspective...| TeachThought | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

These factors for all educational stakeholders are true globally.

 

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It is time we all step up our educational stakeholder needs globally...consider adapting, adopting and  modifying to www.p21.org teaching and learning environments.

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smadar yona's curator insight, April 7, 10:30 PM

כמה נכון, כמה עצוב/ מעודד????

חבל שאין פירוט 

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How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful | MindShift

How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful | MindShift | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
Project-based learning continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s time to not only address the flaws in PBL, but to reinvent it in a way that leads to deeper learning, creative inquiry, and a better fit with a collaborative world in which doing and knowing are one thing.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

Think about the assessment within the Project based learning. What are the key elements in the authentic/inquiry-based  learning approach? Are the projects interrelated / themed toward learning objectives? Did students develop good quality portfolios and provide presentations to enhance the learning experience within the learning environment? Is the Rubrics focused on process or production or both?

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Open Education Sites Offer Free Content for All | MindShift

Open Education Sites Offer Free Content for All  | MindShift | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Open education sites exemplify how technology is democratizing education. These sites allow both learners and teachers to create their own curriculum, whether it’s used in or out of the classroom.

 

Here’s a comprehensive list of open education sites MindShift has covered. As always, we love to hear about sites that aren’t included in the list, so add them to the comments!

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These are World Class Resources that should be added to your teaching and learning environment.

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875 Free Online Courses from Top Universities | OpenCulture

875 Free Online Courses from Top Universities | OpenCulture | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
Download 875 free courses from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and other great universities to your computer or mobile device.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

Wow,all academic topics are represented and significant STEM based learning...ALL FREE to access to learn!

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Marc Ravaris's curator insight, March 27, 3:18 PM

Great resource - thanks!

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Letter Grades Deserve an 'F' | The Atlantic

Letter Grades Deserve an 'F'  | The Atlantic | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
The adoption of the Common Core could usher in a new era of standards-based grading.

 

Worse, points-based grading undermines learning and creativity,rewards cheating, damages students' peer relationships and trust in their teachers, encourages students to avoid challenging work, and teaches students to value grades over knowledge.


Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

"Standards-based grading establishes one high standard—mastery—for all students. Students who move often, such as kids in poverty, the military, or the foster care system, benefit the most from a standards-based system of evaluation because it would quickly and clearly communicate their competence in a given subject based on a common set of standards."

 

Hopefully, Standards- based assessment and competency-based learning will move educational assessment into the 21st century teaching and learning environments.

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David Snow's curator insight, March 17, 11:57 PM

There is a lot to think about here. An interesting and thought-provoking article, which should lead to a change in assessment practice.

Jim Goldsmith's curator insight, March 18, 8:15 AM

From the article:  "Teachers are trapped in a Catch-22. We are asked to assess our students precisely (many grading programs track scores to the hundredths place) and with the appearance of objectivity while using an inherently subjective process. Teachers are then asked to present their calculations on official documents and defend those numbers at parent-teacher conferences as if they are objective measures of student learning. For all the effort, time, and best intentions teachers invest in those reams of grade reports, we are lying to ourselves and to our students’ parents, cheating our students out of clear and accurate feedback on their academic process, and contributing to the greater illusion that grades are an accurate reflection of skill mastery."  Explores an important issue with well-written, thoughtful prose.