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Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine / Flipped Out

Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine / Flipped Out | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
In the war against waning attention spans, teachers have enlisted the unlikeliest of allies: their students’ once-distracting tablets and smartphones.
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A good article on flipped teaching.

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The Growing Use of Collaborative Classroom Spaces in Higher Education

The Growing Use of Collaborative Classroom Spaces in Higher Education | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Technology is Playing a Key Role in the Move to More Collaborative Spaces for Teaching and Learning An evolving movement in education is the design of
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Good to see. Also, a good list of hallmarks of a successful collaborative space.

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Education Week

mobile first webpage developed by mobiletech
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Examples of PBL leading to deeper learning.

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12 Changes Coming To The Future Of Learning - Edudemic

12 Changes Coming To The Future Of Learning - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The future of learning is exciting, filled with innovative ideas, and no one in their right mind knows more than that. Anyone who says otherwise is pulling your leg.
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Some interesting projections!

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Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do

Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Good strategies to engage resistant learners through motivation.

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Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

Rethinking Whole Class Discussion | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Whole class discussions are, after lecture, the second most frequently used teaching strategy, one mandated by the Common Core State Standards because of its many rewards: increased perspective-takin
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Unfortunately, a preponderance of evidence demonstrates that many teachers mistakenly conflate discussion with recitation. "Typical teacher-student discourse resembles a quiz show, with teachers asking a question, the student replying, and the teacher evaluating the student's response. This is called initiation-response-evaluation, 'I-R-E,' or recitation."1

Some great tips on how to move to more student-centred discussions that delve into a deeper understanding.

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Tools for Teaching: How to Transform Direct Instruction

Tools for Teaching: How to Transform Direct Instruction | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Summer is the time to look over those unit plans. As you reflect and rethink lessons, here's something to consider: How can you turn direct instruction into experiences where students instead dis
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An example of moving from a direct instruction lesson to a student-centred discovery lesson. 

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Project Zero: Visible Thinking

Project Zero: Visible Thinking
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Introduction page to Visible Thinking.

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10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe - Teachers With Apps

10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe - Teachers With Apps | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe
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A good global look at the usage of some educational technologies

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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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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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Finland's education ambassador spreads the word

Finland's education ambassador spreads the word | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Some Finnish insights and lessons.

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E-Curriculum… 7 Key Tools Uncovering A Goldmine of E-Resources … The Digital Curriculum Part Three

E-Curriculum… 7 Key Tools Uncovering A Goldmine of E-Resources … The Digital Curriculum Part Three | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Everyone is talking about a digital curriculum free of  those hard copy textbooks that have been a part of schooling since the advent of the one room schoolhouse. In this series I will investigate ...
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Thorough review of seven E-Resource tools.

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The Best 1:1 Device is a Good Teacher

The Best 1:1 Device is a Good Teacher | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Over the course of two years, I, along with the Burlington Public Schools tech team, had the opportunity to meet and connect with over one hundred schools. These discussions would usually involve wha
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Some good self-paced professional development suggestions here.

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Colour in classrooms | Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

Colour in classrooms | Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
These days, a lot of schools in Victoria, Australia, are spending millions of dollars on creating “learning neighbourhoods” or “learning studios”.  In
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Interesting insight into the effect of colours. Thanks, Cheryl!

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In Search Of The Benefit Of Homework -

In Search Of The Benefit Of Homework - | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
In Search Of The Benefit Of Homework or There Is No Homework In Finland! by Dawn Casey-Rowe, Social Studies Teacher and Learnist Evangelist The debate about homework is growing heated in education circles.
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Looking at pros and cons of homework, including flipped teaching models.

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Great Teachers Don't Teach

Great Teachers Don't Teach | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
In a conversation on LinkedIn, one person asked, "What are the characteristics of an effective teacher?" I read quite a few excellent remarks that describe what such a teacher does to be effective.
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"Long past are the times when we teach content just in case a student might need it. A great teacher will devise a way to give the students an urgent reason to learn skills or knowledge and then let them show they have learned it by what they can do....

A great teacher will keep the students wanting to come to school just to see what interesting things they will explore and discover each day."

Exploration of the benefits of student-centred learning.

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Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing

Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
"There is not a writer in our classrooms today who will not be producing something with a digital writing tool in her or his lifetime." -- Troy Hicks

Troy Hicks frequently uses the words "intentiona
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 "Teach the writer, then the writing, then the technology."

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The iPad as a Tool for Creation to Strengthen Learning

The iPad as a Tool for Creation to Strengthen Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
We don’t want iPads to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks, we want them to be objects to think with. We want students using them to mess around with the world around them and their courses of study.
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A focus on iPads as creative tools.

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This Is How Teens Are Using Social Media - Edudemic

Want to know how teens are using social media or at what age they started connecting online? This new timeline visual is a must-see.
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An intersting snapshot.

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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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