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Personalize Learning (#plearnchat)

Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
What pathways are being designed in today's schools to personalize the learning experience?

 

This has been a very busy fall with many requests for our process to build sustainable personalized learning environments for the Race to the Top - District proposals. On top of that, we are leading webinars, participating in panels, speaking in keynote addresses, doing workshops, creating eCourses, setting up Communities of Practice (CoP), interviewing thought leaders, and important research on motivation, engagement, and voice. This means we continue to create new resources, refine the process, and personalize our services to meet your needs.

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The 21st Century Principal: 5 Principles That Make Outdated Educational Practice Impossible

The 21st Century Principal: 5 Principles That Make Outdated Educational Practice Impossible | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Last night, the #edchat topic was, "How should teachers deal with colleagues who are comfortable with 19th century and punitive measures for non-compliant students?" Judging by the responses, many teachers either felt they could gently prod this colleague to changing his or her practice. Others did not see this their responsibility at all. They saw it as the responsibility of the administrator.

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7 Key Findings for Successful Education Technology Integrations | Emerging Education Technology

7 Key Findings for Successful Education Technology Integrations | Emerging Education Technology | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
Project Red Produced These Informative Findings and is Working to Transform Them 'From Research to Results'.

 

Continuing with the theme of measurable successes in education technology implementations that we’ve explored in a number of articles over the last few months, today we take a look at Project Red. Project RED conducted a national study of education technology focused on student achievement and financial implications. The coalition of three research organizations surveyed and studied nearly 1,000 schools and uncovered a replicable design for successfully introducing technology into the classroom, improving student performance, and yielding cost benefits.

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Unorthodox math lessons add up to real gains at Dana Middle School in Hawthorne

Unorthodox math lessons add up to real gains at Dana Middle School in Hawthorne | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
Much of what you thought you knew about math class has been turned on its head at Dana Middle School in the Wiseburn School District.

 

Seventh- and eighth-graders at the west Hawthorne school don't really use textbooks or do much in the way of homework. The teachers rarely spend more than 10 minutes on any given lecture. At the beginning of class, instead of urging kids to quiet down, the teachers try to get them riled up.

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English Language Learners | American Institutes for Research

English Language Learners | American Institutes for Research | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
AIR improves instruction and outcomes for English Language Learners (ELLs) by connecting research to policy and practice.
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KIPP Public Charter Schools | Knowledge Is Power Program

KIPP Public Charter Schools | Knowledge Is Power Program | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
KIPP is a network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools throughout the United States, with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.
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Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates

Our College Crisis: A PowerPoint Presentation by Bill Gates | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Of the many public figures who routinely sound off about the problems facing higher education in America, Bill Gates is one who is actually worth paying attention to. As he explained yesterday at the Washington Ideas Forum, shrinking state budgets have indeed made college less affordable and lead to ballooning student debt.

 

But throughout most of our higher education system, the biggest problem isn't necessarily cost; it's our shockingly low graduation rates. If we want to produce an educated, 21st century workforce, we need to focus on making sure more students who are currently dropping out of school instead make it to commencement.

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Free Technology for Teachers: New Course - Google Drive and the Common Core

Free Technology for Teachers: New Course - Google Drive and the Common Core | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
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VideoBook -- a new and richer reading experience

VideoBook -- a new and richer reading experience | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Contributed by Krishnan Ramanathan, Senior Research Scientist, HP Labs India, The book reading experience has remained static for centuries. With books going digital, there is an opportunity to make book reading much richer by augmenting it with videos and personalizing the experience to an individual user.

 

HP VideoBook is a solution from HP Labs India that augments the book reading experience with videos. The solution is based on an algorithm that selects videos for an input document (textbook chapter, training manual, news article, etc.). The algorithm identifies important topics in the input document and forms queries to a video source. The results are ranked using a video selection algorithm that takes into account diversity and relevance of the videos and the coverage of the book topics. Finally, the book page and videos are presented side by side.

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Assessment for 21st Century Learning: Transforming the 21st Century Learning Organization

Assessment for 21st Century Learning: Transforming the 21st Century Learning Organization | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Hear from education expert Jay McTighe about why he feels staff collaboration is imperative to understanding what students are learning. He explains that working together as a team allows teachers to come up with a better game plan to improve the learning experience.
A charter school in Brooklyn, N.Y., shows on-the-ground examples of successful collaboration. Administrators and teachers work across the board to improve their teaching skills.

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Gamifying Classroom Learning

This talk explores how we can use game mechanics to facilitate more engaging and inspiring learning experiences for our students.
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Homework Doesn't Improve Course Grades, But Does Boost Something Else

Homework Doesn't Improve Course Grades, But Does Boost Something Else | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

There has been much debate surround the value of homework, and a recent study led by an Indiana University School of Education faculty member has found little correlation between time spent on homework and better course grades for math and science students. It did, however, did identify a positive relationship between homework time and performance on standardized tests.

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Longwood University Combines Gaming and MOOC Technology to Offer Free Career Readiness Education to High School Students Everywhere | Emerging Education Technology

Longwood University Combines Gaming and MOOC Technology to Offer Free Career Readiness Education to High School Students Everywhere | Emerging Education Technology | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Can it get much more innovative and community-focused than this? Longwood University in Virginia has worked with one-of-a-kind learning platform creator BadgeStack to offer a MOOC designed to help High School students learn about career readiness.

 

The non-credit course, “5 Skills You Need to Succeed: What Employers Want You To Know”, is a free online offering that teaches interpersonal communications skills, presentation techniques, critical thinking and more of the skills needed to land a job and succeed in the workplace.

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Next Generation Science Standards

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Next Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce: Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards are being developed that will be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS will be based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.

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STEM Students Must Be Taught to Fail

STEM Students Must Be Taught to Fail | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
They must know how to fail so they can get back up again and learn from their failure.

 

As a mechanical engineering professor at Northwestern University, I believe that that's precisely what we should be teaching our students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects: how to fail. Right now, we do not explicitly teach our students how to fail so that they can get right back up. That's in direct conflict with our goal: to prepare students to play competitively upon graduation. If our students are going to stop deadly pandemics, solve the energy crisis, and cure world hunger and poverty, they will have to be prepared to fail, over and over—and more important, they will need to know how to learn from those failures. STEM innovator Albert Einstein recognized that falling is an inevitable part of innovation; he's quoted as having said, "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." Another STEM innovator, Marie Curie attributed her success the fact that, as she put it, "I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy."

 

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200 Free K-12 Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Mobile Apps, Free Books & More

200 Free K-12 Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Mobile Apps, Free Books & More | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

This collection provides a list of free educational resources for K-12 students (kindergarten through high school students) and their parents and teachers. It features free video lessons/tutorials; free mobile apps; free audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; quality YouTube channels; free foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and free web resources in academic subjects like literature, history, science and computing. This newly-released list is a work in progress. Please tell us if we’re missing something good.

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Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST)

Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST) | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Imagination + Innovation = Impact


CMAST is dedicated to strengthening science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by creating rigorous, active, connected, and continuously student-directed classroom where risk taking and mathematical and scientific thinking flourish.

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What Kind of Success Does 'Character' Predict?

What Kind of Success Does 'Character' Predict? | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
It's not character or "grit" alone, but interest and motivation, as well, that propel student success, Joan Goodman writes.

 

IQ, the time-honored predictor of school success, has a new rival: “character.” As described by Paul Tough, who initially popularized these ideas in a New York Times Magazine article last year, character consists of a set of traits: self-control, zest, social intelligence, gratitude, optimism, curiosity, and, most especially, grit. If teachers devote themselves to enhancing these qualities, Tough writes in more detail in his new book, How Children Succeed, Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, students will have an improved shot at success...

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The Dean's List: 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs

The Dean's List: 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Our Inaugural Selection of the Best IT Blogs.

 

IT administrators, professors and CIOs are driven by the needs — and rising expectations — of students. In the world of higher education, technology is a catalyst for real growth.

 

Topics like online learning, “bring your own device,” electronic textbooks and cloud computing are hot in the industry right now, and rightfully so.

 

Technology is creating better learning environments, faster and more efficient access to resources such as e-mail and online lectures — and, ultimately, a better experience for professors and students.

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10 Ways Teachers Use massively multplayer online role-playing games (MMOs) in the Classroom

10 Ways Teachers Use massively multplayer online role-playing games (MMOs) in the Classroom | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

The media tends to love a story of some Cheeto-dusted, Mountain Dew-chugging troglodyte landing in rehab because Everquest or World of Warcraft more or less encompassed every millisecond of their lives and they, like, totally thought they were a Blood Elf mage in real life or something. Except MMORPGs, or massively multiplayer online role-playing games, actually benefit society when applied to certain situations, but nobody ever talks about it. Academics have seized upon these games in order to better illustrate classroom lessons, build necessary character skills, and other lovely things you’ll find out if you keep reading.

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Evernote 5 For Mac and iOS: 10 New Features You Should Know

Evernote 5 For Mac and iOS: 10 New Features You Should Know | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
The Evernote team has updated and redesigned their user interface with 100 new features for better user experience. The new Evernote – Evernote 5 – comes with a new look and new shortcuts, which brings quicker access to everything you can do on Evernote.
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Technology Enhanced Learning in Science for 21st Century

Technology Enhanced Learning in Science for 21st Century | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

The TELS Community brings university researchers together with middle school and high school educators to improve instruction in science. Established by the National Science Foundation as a national Center for Learning and Teaching, TELS is headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley, and is directed by Professor Marcia C. Linn.

 

The TELS Community includes research partners at thirteen universities, a nonprofit educational research and development organization, and fifteen school districts. TELS currently operates five National Science Foundation funded projects: Mentored and Online Development of Educational Leaders for Science (MODELS), Logging Opportunities in Online Programs for Science (LOOPS), Cumulative Learning using Embedded Assessment Results (CLEAR), Scaffolding Understanding by Redesigning Games for Education (SURGE), and Visualizing to Integrate Science Understanding for All Learners (VISUAL).

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AvatarGeneration - Educational Apps & Game Based Learning

AvatarGeneration - Educational Apps & Game Based Learning | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

AvatarGeneration is an educational technology news and resource website. We set up AvatarGeneration to bring together interesting educational technology resources on the web.

 

We believe that it is important that educators are kept up to speed with the fast-paced world of educational technology. With so many new apps, virtual worlds and online teaching tools, it can be difficult to keep track.

 

AvatarGeneration gives educators an up-to date directory and search engine of educational technology Apps, Educational Games, Virtual Worlds and Teaching Tools. We also dig around the web for new, exciting content, to keep educators interested in educational technology.

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Online Education Race Heats Up

Online Education Race Heats Up | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
2U announces the upcoming launch of online undergraduate courses from top schools, including Duke and Northwestern.
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The Benefit of Open Online Classes

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Clay Christensen's theory of disruptive innovation has captured the imagination of educational technology higher circles in which I travel. For example, at the recent EDUCAUSE conference, the largest gathering of academic technology professionals, the emergence of massively open online courses, or MOOCs, was largely framed as a disruptive innovation. But is that true?

 

Massively open online courses can serve as a supplement to traditional higher education, and shouldn't necessarily be seen as a threat.

 

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