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Not what it used to be - American universities represent declining value for money to their students

Not what it used to be - American universities represent declining value for money to their students | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Running the numbers ON THE face of it, American higher education is still in rude health. In worldwide rankings more than half of the top 100 universities, and eight of the top ten, are American. The scientific output of American institutions is unparalleled. They produce most of the world’s Nobel laureates and scientific papers. Moreover college graduates, on average, still earn far more and receive better benefits than those who do not have a degree.

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Harvard Education Letter - Bringing UDL into the Mainstream

Harvard Education Letter - Bringing UDL into the Mainstream | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

For the past several years, new teachers joining the Bartholomew (Ind.) Consolidated School Corporation have been encouraged to watch a video introducing the preferred method of teaching in the district. Rather than highlighting a single approach, however, the video is all about encouraging teachers to use varied ways and materials to present new information and to assess learning, be it aurally through talking iPads, visually through doodles on whiteboards, creatively through art projects and games, or by using old-fashioned pen and paper. That’s because the preferred method of teaching in Bartholomew County is UDL, or Universal Design for Learning.

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The Periodic Table of Videos - University of Nottingham

The Periodic Table of Videos - University of Nottingham | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
Short videos about every element on the periodic table, plus other cool experiments and chemistry stuff...
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Free Webinar: Atomic Learning Webinar: Help! Our Students All Have iPads: Now What?

Free Webinar: Atomic Learning Webinar: Help! Our Students All Have iPads: Now What? | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Have you done a school or district iPad implementation? Now that all the logistics are somewhat under control, are your teachers struggling with how to effectively utilize iPads in the classroom? Join this webinar to learn how to set your teachers up for success by providing them resources on:
- 21st Century Student Assessment using Filmmaking 
- 21st Century Student Assessment using Animation 
- 21st Century Student Assessment using Podcasting workshop
- Authentic Assessment using iPads 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Brad Flickinger has been an elementary, middle, and high school teacher, as well as director of technology, which gives him a perspective of teaching all ages of students and what it is like at both the classroom and district levels.

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MIND Research Institute - Home

MIND Research Institute - Home | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
MIND Reseach Institute instructional programs and education initiatives are revolutionizing math education in America. We offer an entirely new way to learn math through coceptual visualizations that leads to increased comprehension.
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STEM Ed: CodeHS Wants To Teach Every American High Schooler How To Code | TechCrunch

STEM Ed: CodeHS Wants To Teach Every American High Schooler How To Code | TechCrunch | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

In the Silicon Valley Distortion Field, it can seem like everyone is learning to code — that coding has become cool. Either way you slice it, talented programmers are in demand, and, as a result, there is now a litany of platforms and tutorials that propose to help anyone and everyone become a code-slinger, often from the comfort of their favorite sofa (and browser).

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6 iPad Apps That Help You Create Interactive Study Guides - Edudemic

6 iPad Apps That Help You Create Interactive Study Guides - Edudemic | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Check out these six iPad apps to create fun, engaging, interactive study guides for your students.


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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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Home | The National Center on Time & Learning

Home | The National Center on Time & Learning | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Every child in America deserves an education that prepares them for success in college and careers and a rich, fulfilling life. Unfortunately, our antiquated school calendar is too limiting to provide millions of children with the breadth and depth of educational experiences they will need to thrive.

 

But schools that have broken from the bounds of the conventional calendar and schedule offer promising alternatives to the status quo. NCTL has documented the practices of high-performing, high-poverty schools that have expanded time in order to…

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Create and Publish Amazing Multi-touch Books for iPad using iBooks Author – mLearnCon 2012 Presentation

Create and Publish Amazing Multi-touch Books for iPad using iBooks Author – mLearnCon 2012 Presentation | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

In preparation for my mLearnCon 2012 presentation I recorded my presentation. Here is the course description:

Apple recently announced their reinvention of the textbook. With this, they noted a new piece of software that could not only revolutionize the way we think about textbooks, but the way we build interactive mobile material as well. With the newly announced free and easy-to-use iBooks Author, the questions are, “How do we use it?,” “How can we implement this in our mLearning Strategy?,” and “Is it even worth doing?”

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CEOs of Inc 500 Companies Lament STEM Worker Shortages | Education News

CEOs of Inc 500 Companies Lament STEM Worker Shortages | Education News | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
CEOs of the companies listed on the Inc. Magazine 500 have one wish this Christmas: They want Santa to bring them more tech workers.
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Prezi Launches iPhone App and expands iPad editing capabilities

Prezi Launches iPhone App and expands iPad editing capabilities | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it

Prezi, the zooming presentation software that has liberated the world from boring, static presentations, has furthered its mobile reach with today’s launch of a new iPhone app and expanded editing capabilities on the iPad. You can now start your prezi in the cloud, work offline on Prezi Desktop, finish it on the iPad, and show it on the iPhone.


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Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity & Future Employability

Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity & Future Employability | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
Social media has become an essential part of most people’s everyday lives, from checking Facebook and Twitter to posting blogs, Pinterest listings, and uploading YouTube videos.
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Share And View 200+ File Formats With Jumpshare

Share And View 200+ File Formats With Jumpshare | 21st Century Teaching and Technology Resources | Scoop.it
There is a particular limitation to file-sharing tools and cloud storage services that is a setback – they do not support the viewing of different file types (formats) on their website.
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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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