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5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus

5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math
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Moving away from the sequential approach to Maths. Interesting.

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Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning?

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the "deeper learning" movement.
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Combining mindsets with other deeper learning mindsets. Excellent.

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What My Students Think Makes a Great Teacher

What My Students Think Makes a Great Teacher | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
A day doesn't go by that my students don't enlighten me with their genuine innocence or entertain me with their youthful ignorance....
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Any surprises here? Interesting comments.

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
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Interesting list. Thoughts?

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When To Put The Tech Away In Your 1:1 (or Any) Classroom - Edudemic

When To Put The Tech Away In Your 1:1 (or Any) Classroom - Edudemic | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Beth and Shawn take a look at the often-overlooked question of when to put the tech away in a classroom that has boatloads of electronics everywhere.
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"At its best, technology enhances, extends or deepens the learning taking place. At its worst, it detracts, distracts, and otherwise frustrates you and your students. When these situations cannot quickly and effectively be remedied – without sacrificing your lesson’s learning objective – put the technology down and embrace the lesson."

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Not All Fun And Games: The Importance Of Student Exercise - Edudemic

Not All Fun And Games: The Importance Of Student Exercise - Edudemic | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Kids these days aren’t generally as healthy and active as we’d probably like them to be. Obesity is on the rise. Screen time is on the rise. Outdoor playtime and general physical activity? Those aren’t on the rise for kids. With things like food education taking a backseat to so many other things that our young …
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Interesting ways to get 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

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3 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections with Your Students

3 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections with Your Students | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Too often, I've heard teachers talk about how helpless they feel when it comes to reaching out to their students. The days of being the person whose job it is to exclusively provide students with an
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Really like having casual conversations in the first five minutes of a lesson to make those connections with the students.

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How to get a job at Google

How to get a job at Google | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Google reveals the five key attributes they look for when hiring - they don't include academic results.
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Five things Google look for when hiring? Cognitive ability, leadership, humility, ownership, expertise. Not GPAs.

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Homework-Free Nights? N.Y. High School Mandates Some Relief

Homework-Free Nights? N.Y. High School Mandates Some Relief | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Homework is a perennial issue of debate in schools and communities. One high school is now fobidding it on certain nights of the week.
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"Maybe it will give [kids] more time to perform community service or participate in extracurriculars—or even get a little more sleep"

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The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration

The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
For Connected Educators Month, a key theme this year is how to move from merely connecting with other educators into collaborations that push pedagogy and the education conversation forward. A panel of educators who’ve made this kind of connection and collaboration the center of their work discussed the challenges posed by the current American education system and helped present a dream for what truly collaborative learning could look like.
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The benefits of moving to authentic and empowering collaborations.

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A Teacher's Defense of Homework

A Teacher's Defense of Homework | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
If I didn't assign it, I'd never get through all the material I need to cover in a year. Plus, giving kids projects and deadlines is an essential way of preparing them for adulthood.
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The need for homework which is high in quality and not quantity. 

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End homework designed to make teachers look tough

End homework designed to make teachers look tough | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
My request for solutions to high school stress revealed a problem: senseless homework.
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The value of homework? “I believe that too often teachers give unnecessarily long, burdensome homework assignments to please parents, to show that they are demanding teachers, or to cover material they didn’t manage to get to during the class period,”

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School's in for digital learning

School's in for digital learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Are iPads a recipe for mass distraction or an essential tool?
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Benefits of iPads and digital learning are increasingly less revolutionary and more commonplace.

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Bigger Gains for Students Who Don’t Get Help Solving Problems

Bigger Gains for Students Who Don’t Get Help Solving Problems | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Allowing learners to struggle will actually help them learn better, according to research on “productive failure” conducted by Manu Kapur, a researcher at the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.
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Not surprising. Do we allow our students to struggle enough as teachers?

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What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School?

What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School? | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Setting aside the two predominant narratives of education, there's a third vision taking shape that's yet to be defined. What would a reimagined education system value and teach?
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"In his vision of this third narrative, reformers would focus on creating an education system that supports inquiry-based, student-centered learning, where students are encouraged to find entry points into the mandated curriculum in ways that are meaningful to them." Exciting vision. How similar or different to yours?

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5 Innovative Tools For Data-Based Teaching

5 Innovative Tools For Data-Based Teaching | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
5 Innovative Tools For Data-Based Teaching
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Useful tips on using data and some apps. 

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11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints -

11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints - | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints by Justin Boyle If you’ve scratched your head over suggestions to manage your “digital footprint,” you aren’t the only one. A surprisingly large percentage of people...
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Useful tips for students.

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How To Implement Blended Learning - Edudemic

How To Implement Blended Learning - Edudemic | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Blended learning can be a great way to make use of whatever technology tools you do have, rather than needing specific technology that you don’t have. Blended learning doesn’t require you to have a 1:1 classroom, a certain number of iPads, or particular software, though you can put any and all of those things to …
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Some good strategies for successful implementation.

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The 6 Education Technology Trends You Should Know About - Edudemic

The 6 Education Technology Trends You Should Know About - Edudemic | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Not too long ago, the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition was released, with the aim of examining emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching and learning within higher education settings. This is the eleventh time the New Media Consortium has put out this report, and it is interesting to look back …
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Six trends that are accelerating the adoption of technology in higher education: social media; hybrid, online & collaborative learning; data driven learning & assessment; students as creators; agile approaches to change; evolution of online learning.

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What Happens When Instructional Rounds Go District-Wide?

What Happens When Instructional Rounds Go District-Wide? | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Instructional Rounds are a process for school improvement that are based on the Medical Rounds model. It brings groups of educators together to look at what is happening in their schools, develop
Sean Corcoran's insight:

Instructional rounds- great way to implement shared understanding, whole school development and positive learning experiences for all.

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Aphrodite Cox's curator insight, March 2, 2014 4:54 PM

Our reciprocal observations I hope are the start to this instructional rounds model.

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The creative spark

The creative spark | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading - through TED.com, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.
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Some great videos on creativity in this TED playlist. Some you are probably familiar with, but some new ones, too.

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High Schools Assign 3.5 Hours of Homework a Night, Survey Estimates

High Schools Assign 3.5 Hours of Homework a Night, Survey Estimates | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
A University of Phoenix poll digs into how much homework teachers require and why they assign it.
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Interesting findings on the amount of homework assigned in the US, including that teachers with more experience assign less homework. 

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Focus on Audience for Better PBL Results

Focus on Audience for Better PBL Results | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
At the end of a project-based learning (PBL) experience, students typically share what they have learned or discovered with an audience. Depending on the project, students might publish their work onl
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The importance of audience in PBL activities. 

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Toward a More Productive Conversation About Homework

Toward a More Productive Conversation About Homework | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
Questions for teachers, parents and students, from an educational psychologist
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Some good questions and discussion points for teachers and schools to ask about homework.

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The 8 Essential Elements of Project Based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Essential Elements of Project Based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning and Teaching Musings | Scoop.it
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Eight essential elements of PBL to make it meaningful and engaging.

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