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Teaching and learning in the 21st Century - meeting the challenges of digital learning and the iGeneration
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Teaching and learning in the 21st Century - meeting the challenges of digital learning and the iGeneration
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burlysand's comment, September 24, 2013 3:18 AM
Its wonderful :)
Selin Gelinci's curator insight, October 27, 2013 6:09 AM

This scoop it profile by @Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)  includes many useful blogs and articles that aim to teach in the 21st century. This includes learning with the use of technology. What he refers to as the 'iGeneration' includes many useful updates that can be used for both the students and teachers in the classroom. A few i came across that sparked my interest were a description on how to set up a blog with wordpress for teachers, this can be very useful to me as a student now and also in the future. I enjoy D'Amico's profile as he scoops quite interesting topics.

Jane Weston's curator insight, February 16, 11:58 PM

When curriculum resources are limitless due to the access we have to on-line materials, then the question we ask about those materials become more important. Values Education helps us all to ask the right questions! See some innovative whole school projects at:

http://valueseducation.edu.au/verve/_resources/VASP_FINAL_REPORT_2010.pdf

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Reddit Now Has an Official 'AMA' App

Reddit Now Has an Official 'AMA' App | iGeneration - 21st Century Education | Scoop.it
Reddit is well known for its interesting AMA (Ask Me Anything) interviews – it reached a high in 2012 when Obama participated in an AMA on the site and subsequently has seen colorful characters including... Keep reading →
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[Infographic] Key Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success

[Infographic] Key Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success | iGeneration - 21st Century Education | Scoop.it
The 21st century skills are set of abilities that an individuals needs to cultivate to succeed in the 21st century. So what are these skills?
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Ms. Edwards's curator insight, September 1, 9:05 PM

Infographic to explain classroom connections to career and college skills. 

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Bibblio: Social and Open Learning Tool Launches in time for the New Academic Year -

Bibblio: Social and Open Learning Tool Launches in time for the New Academic Year - | iGeneration - 21st Century Education | Scoop.it
Join the learning resources revolution, visit Bibblio and be a part of a new community of educators.
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Terri Rice's curator insight, September 1, 4:19 PM

Bibblio is a wonderful tool. If you haven't tried it yet, you must! I joined for free and began reading, curating, and sharing immediately. Exceptional!

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The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
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Amazing Ways Twitter Can Give Wings to Your Professional Development - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Amazing Ways Twitter Can Give Wings to Your Professional Development - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | iGeneration - 21st Century Education | Scoop.it
Here are some easy yet effective ways Twitter can give wings to your professional development.
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Ten Reasons Visual Communication Can't Be Ignored (visuals help students learn)

Why visual communication is arguably the best way to reach your audiences, and five tips for using images in your content.
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Ratatype — Online Typing Tutor and Typing Lessons

Ratatype — Online Typing Tutor and Typing Lessons | iGeneration - 21st Century Education | Scoop.it
Learn to type faster with Ratatype. Take touch typing lessons, practice your keyboarding skills online, take a typing test and get typing speed certificate for free.
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How to Uninstall Apps from iPhone & iPad in Seconds

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How to Uninstall Apps from iPhone & iPad in Seconds
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Using OCR Software to Convert JPEG File to MS Word Document Format

Using OCR Software to Convert JPEG File to MS Word Document Format | iGeneration - 21st Century Education | Scoop.it
It’s true that OCR technology is not a brand new technology. Many businesses as well as enterprises have been using this technology for years. But we are being
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Get creative with formative assessments!

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This post was written by Olivia S. Blazer, a ClassDojo Thought Partner






Formative assessment is a vigorous and engaging tradition that we as teachers should be committed to cultivating in every classroom. Why is it such an essential part of learning? It serves as an assessment tool for teachers, probing for understanding, and guiding decision-making about future instruction. Formative assessment creates a supportive environment in which the teachers and students learn and teach each other effectively, and instruction is tailor-made to fit each learner.  





Formative assessment is an ongoing, fluid experience – a spontaneous, on-the-fly process that guides teachers toward understanding which resources to utilize with specific students according to their specific needs. Analyzing student work is a valuable part of formative assessment, as it clarifies which pieces of the learning process students might not understand. As an effective teacher, be prepared! Know the content that you’re going to cover, and have an understanding of the progression you want your students to make to achieve that ultimate goal. Utilize a plethora of questioning strategies and focused observations, engaging students in the learning process with a sense of urgency, and closely monitoring their progress and comprehension. Students should be entrenched in the content of the curriculum, entirely present with each other, and focused in the process of learning.


An effective formative assessment system gauges student understanding and nurtures retention. Teachers are able to pinpoint student strengths and weaknesses, down to their most minute need. Formative assessment results are used to drive instructional strategies and resources. These results should be effectively and easily communicated to students, teachers, parents, and administrators in a consistent and easy to understand format. When teachers analyze data and use it as a tool to tweak the curriculum, the curriculum becomes dynamic and alive, not just a static document.


There are literally hundreds of ways and opportunities to formatively assess students. Education today is moving away from the sole use of traditional paper and pencil assessments. Valuable formative assessments now come in a plethora of forms, adding interest and engagement to the classroom while still providing the information needed to differentiate instruction and guide student learning.


A tried-and-true method of formative assessment is the “Ticket-Out the Door,” or the “Exit Ticket.” Students compose a written response to a question posed by the teacher, and are allowed to leave the room (or in many cases, transition to the next subject) only if their response meets the approval of the instructor. Similarly, teachers may utilize this strategy as a pretest, having the students complete an ”Entrance Ticket,” or a “Ticket-in-the-Door” to gauge student knowledge on the topic of the day.


Another quick and effective formative assessment, “Show What You Know,” can also be used at the end of the lesson. This is simply a higher order or critical thinking question posed at the very end of the lesson after the lesson summary. Students write their response to the question in a complete sentence on a sticky note, and post it on the “Show What You Know” board. This gives the teacher an “at-a-glance” view of whether students understand the concept presented or not.


The “Text What You Learn” strategy engages students at a high interest level, and allows teachers to formatively assess student knowledge of a concept quickly and effectively. At the beginning of the class, students use their cell phones to text in a response to a question that the teacher has presented through the Poll Everywhere software. Responses are projected on a SMART Board, and students are given the opportunity to self-assess, and see what their peers have learned. This provides valuable information to the teacher on how to move forward with the lesson.


Edmodo has a free micro-assessment called Snapshot which provides assessment feedback by student and standard. Progress can be monitored by choosing the standard(s) to be assessed, and utilizing the standards-aligned Math and ELA questions (for grades 3-12). Snapshot displays information on student mastery of standards, and with prioritized recommendations, teachers are able to customize lesson plans and improve the performance of individuals. There is even a built-in calendar and time limit selector option, so teachers can schedule Snapshot for the most opportune time during lessons.


Socrative is a super simple tech tool teachers can use to enhance classroom engagement, assessment and individualization of content. This is a free student response system in which students respond to the teacher through a series of educational exercises and games via any web-enabled device: smartphones, laptops, and/or tablets. Socrative takes teachers 3 minutes to set up and takes their classes 20 seconds to load. Easily differentiated, Socrative can be tailored for any learner.


If you don’t have that level of technology in your classroom, you can do a “quick write” at the beginning of your class. Ask students to provide you with a brief summary of what the homework was about, or what the key point in the reading was last night. They can either hand these in to you, or you can have students share them with a Collaborative Pair Partner or group — all to truly pinpoint where the lesson should begin.


Whatever tool or strategy is chosen, formative assessment is a culture, of sorts, that teachers create in a learning community that is dynamic and engaging.
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