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The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today's Global Marketplace

The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today's Global Marketplace | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A good job and top salary out of college, we all agree, would be wonderful. More important by far, is what our college graduates do beyond the starting line to build a rewarding life, create a fulfilling career and serve their communities.
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"Clearly, all successful careers require critical thinking, teamwork, sensitivity to cultural, demographic, economic and societal differences and political perspectives. A liberal arts education provides this grounding." Yes!

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5 Ways To Support Teachers Skeptical Of Technology - Edudemic

5 Ways To Support Teachers Skeptical Of Technology - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
As more schools move to a 1:1 or BYOD format, it becomes increasingly important to support teachers - all teachers - effectively make that transition and to support them in that process.
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"As more schools move to a 1:1 or BYOD format, it becomes increasingly important to support teachers – all teachers – effectively to make that transition and to support them in that process."

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Aphrodite Cox's curator insight, July 25, 2013 7:40 PM

Now that the DER laptop program has ended DET will surely move to BYOD,therefore support will be avery real issue down the track.

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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 str
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Moving to more student focused and deep understanding teaching methods. Great to see.

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e-learning, conocimiento en red: [Infographic].Flipped -Classroom: Future of #Education?

e-learning, conocimiento en red y web colectiva
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Good chart and overview of flipped teaching in a flipped classroom.

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Educational Musings: School Evolution

Educational Musings: School Evolution | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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An inspiring future visions for schools, starting with effective project-based learning.

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7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback

7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback
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Great overview of characteristics of effective learning feedback. 

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Aphrodite Cox's curator insight, July 25, 2013 7:43 PM

A good overview of the importance of effective feedback to improve student learning.

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How to use Role-Play in Teaching and Training

How to use Role-Play in Teaching and Training | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Role-play is a valuable teaching and training tool that delivers immense amount of imprinted learning. This learning is retained and recalled better through the role-play experience.
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Good overview of how to use role play in teaching.

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Homework or Not? That is the (Research) Question. | District Administration Magazine

Homework or Not? That is the (Research) Question. | District Administration Magazine | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
News, Articles and Community for district-level decision makers in K-12 education. Magazine published monthly, with daily news and blogs and online content. Archives available.
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A useful read on the issues and research around homework.

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Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education

Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
We have a romantic attachment to skills from the past which are no longer relevant on a curriculum for today's children
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We need to change our approach to teaching to meet the students of today.

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The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning

The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
As education continues the march toward a student-driven, project-oriented approach that values intelligent solutions to open-ended problems, it won’t be sufficient to focus on the wonderful discoveries and authentic work that result from an...
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"Tests reward the right answer, and even brief essays are expected to abide by the perimeters of known knowledge and standardized terms. But open-ended problems result in idiosyncratic solutions, derived from a process of exploration in which students practice evidence-finding, thoughtful exchange, and creative design."

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Step C… Seven Steps To Website Evaluation For Students… Promoting Digital Citizens... Currency

Step C… Seven Steps To Website Evaluation For Students… Promoting Digital Citizens... Currency | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Welcome to a this third in a summer series that is must read for any  educator wanting to facilitate web page evaluation by students.  It includes a new step in web evaluation information along wit...
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Useful guideline for website evaluation for students.

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Report: The 4 Pillars of the Flipped Classroom -- THE Journal

Report: The 4 Pillars of the Flipped Classroom -- THE Journal | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Though all classrooms are different, there are four critical elements that successful flipped classrooms have in common, according to a new report developed by the Flipped Learning Network, George Mason University, and Pearson's Center for Educator...
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Four pillars of a flipped classroom. Good for any classroom?

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Are our kids too fragile?

Are our kids too fragile? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Rather than over-protecting, parents need to instil a bit of grit in their children, writes Linda McSweeny.
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Resilience and mindfulness. Two keys to the emotional well-being of children.

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To Improve Teaching, Get Serious About Training

To Improve Teaching, Get Serious About Training | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
It's time to change the way professional developers do business, because we're increasingly finding ourselves in the same marketplace. Before any revolutions occur, however, we have to get serious about managing the quality of our trainings.
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"The best professional development is written into the bones of a school. It is a system, rather than an isolated experience, requiring more than a few one-off sessions. It demands consistent time for teachers to work with mentors and colleagues to analyze achievement data, practice concrete instructional techniques, or plan new curriculum. It takes repeated observation, follow-up, and practice, all embedded into the job."

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How to Trigger Students’ Inquiry Through Projects

How to Trigger Students’ Inquiry Through Projects | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When students engage in quality projects, they develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions that serve them in the moment and in the long term. There are several ways to start designing projects. Here are six steps that will help you get started.
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Good overview of project design process. 

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Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Though some teachers are still adamantly holding onto traditional formal lectures, many others are considering whether this is an ineffective and outdated model that no longer works in the information age.
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"But the majority of higher education seems to be moving in the opposite direction, toward project-based and student-led work, especially for time spent in class.... Students don't learn by listening, they learn by doing." Good to see higher education finally catching up!

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27 Ways to Improve your Teaching through Reflective Practice ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

27 Ways to Improve your Teaching through Reflective Practice ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Good chart on how to foster a culture of reflective practice.

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Why Do You Teach?

Why Do You Teach? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
"Why Do You Teach?" explores the reasons teachers do what they do--often going way, way beyond the call of duty.
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Why do you teach? A good reflection.

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Technology in the classroom enhances creativity, learning - VOXXI

Technology in the classroom enhances creativity, learning - VOXXI | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
When a student sends a tweet, that’s actually helping them learn, a new study about technology in the classroom says. How so?
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Technology is opening new and varied ways for students to express themselves creatively.

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Does Your School Have a Culture of Curiosity and Trust?

Does Your School Have a Culture of Curiosity and Trust? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Time Brown, CEO of Ideo:
“ Any organization that wants to innovate, wants to be prepared to innovate, I think, has to have a few things in place. One is-and perhaps the most important thing is-methods...
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We tell our students they should take intellectual, innovative risks and learn from their failures. Do we tell the same things to teachers? Isn't that how schools will improve? It is safe to try something new and fail!

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Why Right Now Is Just The Beginning For Education Technology - Edudemic

Why Right Now Is Just The Beginning For Education Technology - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The stars are finally aligning for a dramatic shift in terms of education technology. Dr. Jeff Borden weighs in on why right now matters.
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A personal reflection on the technology journey.

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A Visual Guide To Every Single Learning Theory - Edudemic

A Visual Guide To Every Single Learning Theory - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
This detailed analysis and chart of every single learning theory is worth zooming in and studying.
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Impressive chart!

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Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors

Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Teaching is a lot like acting, a high-energy, performance profession that requires a person to act as a role model. But when teachers go through training and professional development, the performance aspect of the job is rarely emphasized or taught.
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A good focus for training and professional development of teachers.

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Painful as it is, we must let our children fail | smh.com.au

Painful as it is, we must let our children fail | smh.com.au | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Taking the test for your child? A new low? Importance of resilience... again.

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Arts stimulation a lesson in good literacy

Arts stimulation a lesson in good literacy | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Evidence shows that students who study creative arts do better in other areas too, writes Andrew Taylor.
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Value of creative arts.

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