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FancyQRCode

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Forget boredom. Design unique QR codes.

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I know many of our teachers already use QR codes... here's a way to jazz them up; sure to engage even a reluctant learner!

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, March 13, 2013 7:17 PM

I love fancy and innovative QR codes.

Jon Turino's curator insight, March 30, 2013 1:47 PM

Check this out if you use QR codes as one of your marketing tactics.

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Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

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Great site full of graphic organizers for use when teaching specific reading behaviors!!

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CCSS R8 Assessing Point of View and Purpose

CCSS R8 Assessing Point of View and Purpose | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
This week, LiteracyTA has analyzed College and Career Anchor standard R8. The purpose of analyzing the Common Core literacy standards is to distill them down to a workable list of skills that classroom teachers can teach.
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Excellent, quick read on this College and Career Anchor Standard-- same for both fiction and non-fiction texts and dealing with analyzing an argument.

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Lesson Plans | EDSITEment

Lesson Plans | EDSITEment | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
Explore our library of humanities lesson plans by subject, theme, and grade level.
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Explore our library of humanities lesson plans by subject, theme, and grade level. Find Art & Culture lessons on anthropology, art history, folklore, mythology, religion, and more World Language lessons on languages and the cultures of which they are a part; History & Social Studies  lessons on American (including our popular AP U.S. History index) and World History, civics, government and society; and Literature & Language Arts lessons, including AP Literature offerings, on great writing and great literary works throughout the ages.

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
Schools are slow to address digital literacy when they see it as content to cover, not an everyday component of teaching. Jen Carey shows how to change that.
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Digital literacy can be "infused" throughout the curriculum of core subjects, writes Jennifer Carey, academic technology director at a Florida school. In this blog post, she shares how educators can teach these skills: by conducting online research, creating digital projects and communicating through social media. "Likewise, just as we do not need to establish a separate curriculum or class for 'digital literacy,' we can incorporate updated 21st century communication skills across our established curricular models," she writes.

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7 Excellent Interactive Tools to Create Activites Around Primary Source Documents ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Excellent Interactive Tools to Create Activites Around Primary Source Documents ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
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WOW!  For the SS teachers out there, especially...

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Extensive list of protocols: National School Reform Faculty

Extensive list of protocols: National School Reform Faculty | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
The National School Reform Faculty promotes the use of Critical Friends Groups, as a specific type of professional learning community, to empower educators and have a direct positive impact on students, classrooms and student performance.

Via Carrie Nethery
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Excellent ideas for collaborative group work!

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An extensive list of protocols for constructing meaning

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An alternate take on the "close reading" standard - @fisher1000

An alternate take on the "close reading" standard - @fisher1000 | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
The first standard in the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading under the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts says, in part,
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Skimming: The Overlooked Close Reading Strategy | MiddleWeb

Skimming: The Overlooked Close Reading Strategy | MiddleWeb | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
Although skimming might seem the opposite of close reading, it's a crucial skill for pulling information out of a text, says literacy consultant Sarah Tantillo.
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Interesting...

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Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
At the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), we've been keeping a list of the many types of "_____- based learning" we've run across over the years:


Case-based learning
Challenge-based learning
Commu
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Literacy TA: New Common Core lessons and resources...

Literacy TA: New Common Core lessons and resources... | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it

- CC Lesson Plan: Video Game Violence

- CCSS R4: Words in Context

- Resources for Non-Fiction Articles

 

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Authentic Assessment Toolbox

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An extensive guide detailing the steps involved with creating authentic assessments; includes rubrics, examples, and sample taks

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It’s Not Word Bling: 7 Interesting Ways You Can Play With Word Clouds

It’s Not Word Bling: 7 Interesting Ways You Can Play With Word Clouds | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
We, the denizens of the Web, who live and work here also call them as tag clouds. Call them “word clouds” or “tag clouds” – they are visualization tools that helps your brain process information in a rather unique way.

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Common Core academic standards force teachers to work on critical thinking over memorization

Common Core academic standards force teachers to work on critical thinking over memorization | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson's fifth-grade classroom.
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Here's a great article to share with non-educators...!

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Test Prep with Virtual Tools: 10 Flashcard Apps for Mobile Devices

Test Prep with Virtual Tools: 10 Flashcard Apps for Mobile Devices | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it

In this blog post, teacher and education consultant Monica Burns highlights 10 mobile applications students can use to prepare for exams and supplement their study routine. Apps include Brainscape Smart Flashcards that equips users to create flashcards and self-assess their study sessions. Also included on the list is StudyBlue, an app that allows both students and teachers to create flashcards that include audio, images and equations.

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Maybe some great new apps to help our kids study?...

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Interactive Graphic Organizer

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Interactive graphic organizers!!!

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Shared by Kristina Combs :)

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Caitlyn Tumo's curator insight, April 10, 2014 10:36 AM

This website is full of different types for graphic organizers to use.

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Engaging Math Students in Productive Struggle

Engaging Math Students in Productive Struggle | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
Why math practice standard #1 (make sense of problems and persevere in solving them) is so important, and the key to helping students achieve it.
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Applies to all subjects really... building resilience in our students is a key to helping them tackle Common Core activities.

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Planning for Math Instruction

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Planning for Math Instruction
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Great overview of a structured Marzano lesson for the MATH classroom.

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101 Great Sites for Social Studies Class

101 Great Sites for Social Studies Class | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
A list of the best free online for teachers of government, history, economics, psychology and other social studies disciplines.
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From Travis Brown

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Social+Studies+Graphic+Organizers.pdf

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From Kristina Combs--- a GREAT resources full of graphic organizers for the content areas!

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Top 10 Literacy Skills for Common Core Readiness!

Top 10 Literacy Skills for Common Core Readiness! | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
In preparation for Common Core exams, we are all working hard to understand the new national standards and what they mean for our students. We know that you are busy. We all have lots to think about and even more to do.
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Although this is a paid service, many of its features are free and it's free to sign-up.  I find helpful info all the time here, esp. this one: Tope 10 literacy skills for the CC (FLS now in Florida)!

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Free Printable Comic Strip Templates

Free Printable Comic Strip Templates | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
Free Printable Comic Strip Templates in various panel layouts, including the classic 4-panel, 6-panel, and 9-panel layouts - provided by donnayoung.org. See also the comic strip templates with the story line generator.
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Shared by Travis Brown... these are great for working on summarization with any text!

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Launchpad: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”: A Common Core Exemplar | EDSITEment

Launchpad: O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”: A Common Core Exemplar | EDSITEment | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi” reflects the true meaning of Christmas.
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From Lynn... a great lesson to file away for next holiday season!

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Marzano Learning Goals: The Evolution of a Teaching Tool - Marzano Center

Marzano Learning Goals: The Evolution of a Teaching Tool - Marzano Center | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it

Post from our district's trainer on scales, John Edwards.

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Teaching Persuasive Writing through Art-Education Closet

Teaching Persuasive Writing through Art-Education Closet | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
brand new arts integration lesson seed! This is aligned to the Common Core Standards: specifically, teaching persuasive writing through art.
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Extensive list of protocols: National School Reform Faculty

Extensive list of protocols: National School Reform Faculty | Weekly Roundup | Scoop.it
The National School Reform Faculty promotes the use of Critical Friends Groups, as a specific type of professional learning community, to empower educators and have a direct positive impact on students, classrooms and student performance.

Via Carrie Nethery
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Carrie Nethery's curator insight, August 10, 2013 11:47 AM

An extensive list of protocols for constructing meaning

Kate Houston's curator insight, February 6, 2014 8:13 AM

Excellent ideas for collaborative group work!