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Innovation Excellence | 50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition)

Innovation Excellence | 50 Ted Talks Every Educator Should Check Out (2014 Edition) | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder.
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Some excellent ones to watch here.

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LEARNING LEADING CHANGE: Blue Sky High - five things every secondary school should implement...now

LEARNING LEADING CHANGE: Blue Sky High - five things every secondary school should implement...now | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Some great food for thought for organisation of schools. (Thanks, Brenda.)

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Wayne Cox's comment, February 7, 7:49 PM
Particularly like the "do less" issue!
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How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning

How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Technology should be implemented to increase engagement, but that engagement must lead to support, enhancement, or an increase in student learning. It should not be used as a digital pacifier or gimmick to get students to be active participants in class. With technology there should be a focus on active learning where students are doing.
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A focus to make sure technology is not just about student engagement but also about student learning.

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Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters

Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
As Detroit teachers organize 'sickouts' to protest the condition of their public schools, new research confirms the impact classroom environments have on academic performance.
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Poetics of space: creating classroom environments which promote "daydreaming".

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Australian students are becoming increasingly disengaged at school – here's why

Australian students are becoming increasingly disengaged at school – here's why | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Around one in five Australian school students are disengaged, leading to disruptive behaviours in class and students dropping out.
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Personalised learning, relational teaching and authentic learning experiences help help students to become more engaged. Are we doing these things in our schools?

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The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as Quartz...
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Growing consensus that VAK learning styles are not all they were cracked up to be.

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How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School

How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The types of messages students receive can make a difference in how eager they are to learn subjects like math.
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Power of positive expectations for students.

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Teachers, Parents Often Misuse Growth Mindset Research, Carol Dweck Says

Teachers, Parents Often Misuse Growth Mindset Research, Carol Dweck Says | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Praise strategies and results, not effort alone, she says.
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Clarifying key tenants of growth mindset.

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DESIGNING LEARNING SPACES - Part 1

DESIGNING LEARNING SPACES - Part 1 | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Recently, as part of my work, I have been working with schools who have come into some serious money for new building projects. Architects have already been introduced to those schools; however, it was thought wise to actually see other spaces 'at work'. Further to this, it was also thought worthwhile to look at what researchers and thought leaders offer about designing learning…
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Importance of learning spaces to student learning.

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Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn

Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
At the star-studded Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching (HILT) event earlier this month, where professors gathered to discuss innovative strategies for
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The benefits of changing to more peer instruction and student centred learning.

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Has the last person to do an exam already been born?

Has the last person to do an exam already been born? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Employers ignore them, students find them strange and universities are questioning them. So why do we do exams?
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"When was the last time someone told you to turn off the internet, sit down for an hour and write down the answers to a series of questions while you are observed to make sure you aren't using any external reference?" he asks.

The answer is obvious. It was when, and only when, you last sat an exam."

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Teaching Gen Z - Erica McWilliam -

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Excellent article on characteristics of Gen Z learners and strategies for teaching them.

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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like
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Two years on and these practices are still gaining prevalence.

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Affirmation that we are on the right track.

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Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education

Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Personalized education comes alive in a classroom when Genius Hour invites students to engage with projects about which they are truly passionate.
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Good overview of Genius Hour principles and self-directed, collaborative learning.

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Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains

Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Teaching practices around growth mindset have come a long way in the last few years. Common pitfalls have emerged, as well as strong examples of programs that
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More developed approaches to implementing practices around growth mindsets.

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Is it time to redesign your curriculum for the 21st century learner?

Is it time to redesign your curriculum for the 21st century learner? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A new framework advocates for carefully curating what students learn. Is it time to rethink your curriculum?
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A focus on the "what" of learning in today's world.

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10 Ways To Teach Students Resilience. An Assembly by @TeacherToolkit

10 Ways To Teach Students Resilience. An Assembly by @TeacherToolkit | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Are you resilient? How can you develop your ability to deal with stress and adversity?
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Some useful resources for teaching resilience.

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Focus on individual students helps improve learning outcomes

Focus on individual students helps improve learning outcomes | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Schools in Sydney's western suburbs see a dramatic improvement in academic outcomes after overhauling an education system they say is missing the mark.
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Student centred design working in Catholic schools in Western Sydney.

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Design Thinking - The New Innovation Strategy

Design Thinking - The New Innovation Strategy | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Today we are living and doing business in complex modern technology driven environment. There are various types of complexities, in different forms and faces, and in this volatile environment, business need to experiment with different approaches to thrive. They not only need to understand the complex technologies but also make sense to start using the…
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Good overview of design thinking - its approaches and benefits.

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Block Teaching 101 - Loyola: Teaching and Learning

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Strategies for moving from shorter to longer periods.

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Get Time Right; Don’t Settle for “Vanilla+”

Get Time Right; Don’t Settle for “Vanilla+” | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Every school serious about change will struggle with the use of time. After our people, time is our most precious resource. Reimagining the use of time is one of the most impactful discussions your…
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Backward design model on how to use time at schools.

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Transforming the Lecture Space (EdSurge News)

Transforming the Lecture Space (EdSurge News) | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Imagine yourself sitting in a large lecture hall--which can range between 300 to 500 students--and while you are trying your best to digest what your instructor is saying, your mind is on everything else except what the teacher is saying. Who can blame you? Within an arm’s reach, you have instant ac
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How and why universities are moving away from lecture methodology.

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10 ways to encourage student reflection...

10 ways to encourage student reflection... | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Split Screen Teaching Optimal learning occurs when students are active participants in their own learning, rather than passive recipients of teacher-delivered content. For this to be effective, students really need to think about their learning. I worked with a group of teachers recently who felt their young students were not capable of writing meaningful reflections…
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Good tips to develop student reflection.

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Can we produce innovative students with teachers chained to a script? | Get Schooled

Can we produce innovative students with teachers chained to a script? | Get Schooled | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
University of Georgia professor Peter Smagorinsky responds to my interview last week with high school reformer Ted Dintersmith. By Peter Smagorinsky In a recent Get Schooled post, venture capitalist Ted Dintersmith made the point that today’s schools remain stuck in an industrial-age, pro...
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Another call to move away from a mechanistic, industrial model of schooling to one that will develop more creative, innovative and engaged students.

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Make Learning Last: How Diverse Learners Can Process Their Understanding

Make Learning Last: How Diverse Learners Can Process Their Understanding | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Quick reflections, surveys, and diverse perspective assessments can stabilize your instructional framework by giving students a chance for the epiphanies so critical to their learning.
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Good ideas on reflective strategies to develop understanding.

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Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick?

Is the Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Across the country, children are experiencing depression, anxiety and even physical strain because of the pressures of school.
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"Paradoxically, the pressure cooker is hurting, not helping, our kids’ prospects for success. Many college students struggle with critical thinking, a fact that hasn’t escaped their professors, only 14 percent of whom believe that their students are prepared for college work, according to a 2015 report." 

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