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Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online

Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

If you're interested in taking your teaching skills online, there are several ways to go. Some make virtual teaching their full-time occupation. Some do it part-time, moonlighting for extra cash and experience. And more and more, traditional teachers are becoming switch-hitters who bring the best online strategies to their face-to-face classrooms.


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Apps and Ideas for Literature Circles on iPads -- THE Journal

Apps and Ideas for Literature Circles on iPads -- THE Journal | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

As teachers and student get comfortable with the electronic version of reading and communicating about a book, they can identify what else they would like to do, such as drawing or giving an oral book report. There are separate apps for all of that.


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Writing a Great Authentic Task

Writing a Great Authentic Task | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

Project-based Learning engages students in projects that allow them to construct their own knowledge and develop authentic products while dealing with real-world issues. In order to challenge students on this level, it is helpful to frame their work with an authentic task.


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Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know

Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

Search competency is a form of literacy, like learning a language or subject. Like any literacy, it requires having discrete skills as well as accumulating experience in how and when to use them. But this kind of intuition can’t be taught in a day or even in a unit – it has to be built up through exercise and with the guidance of instructors while students take on researching challenges.


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Sensemaking artifacts « Connectivism

Sensemaking artifacts « Connectivism | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

I often grapple with the question: “if we designed education today, what would it look like?”. Would it look like our existing classrooms? Textbooks? Libraries? Or would it look more like the internet? What roles would teachers play? Or learners? What would “teaching” look like if we had a system that jettisoned the legacy baggage of our current education system?


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Digital Study Skills - Gist Reading

Digital Study Skills - Gist Reading | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

Studying and researching online is becoming an ever more important element of our digital skill set. I spend a lot of time reading online and skimming through numerous articles from journals and blogs, so I'm always keen to find useful tools which can assist me or my students in this and make the process more efficient. One tool which I have just discovered and which I hope will help with this process is Cruxbot.


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Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video

Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

Sams seems to concur: “Anyone who blindly adopts ‘The Flipped Classroom’ (or inquiry, or lecturing, or unschooling, or whatever) model and never modifies it to meet the needs of his or her students will blindly lead his or her students into educational ruin.”


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Boys Value Reading More with Ereaders

Boys Value Reading More with Ereaders | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

As the use of ereaders grows in K–12 schools, school librarians and other educators want to learn how best to adopt devices for student use. But many schools are still in the pilot stage, and it’s unclear how they will eventually integrate these digital tools.


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Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms | eSchool News

Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms | eSchool News | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

Over the past two years, the Flipped Learning method has created quite a stir. Some argue that this teaching method will completely transform education, while others say it is simply an opportunity for boring lectures to be viewed in new locations.


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A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning

A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

Discover the tools and techniques today's teachers and classrooms are using to prepare students for tomorrow -- and how you can get involved.

What should collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking look like in a modern classroom? How can parents help educators accomplish their goals?


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Why Great Teachers Are Also Learners

Why Great Teachers Are Also Learners | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

As a teacher, the most important asset I can teach my students is a love of learning. In my 10 years teaching high school, I have found that making a deliberate and transparent effort to continue my own learning allows me to inspire my students to follow my footsteps.


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Learning through Curiosity

Learning through Curiosity | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

I’ve got a theory that traditional learning is not so efficient because it is separated from real-world context. We enforce people to learn something that does not inspire them; something that has not grown naturally inside them. This may work in theory but in practice is an enormous waste of resources.


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NYT: New 'Digital Divide' Seen in W

NYT: New 'Digital Divide' Seen in W | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it
As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families are spending considerably more time using them for purposes other than for education.
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Digital Literacy in the primary classroom

Digital Literacy in the primary classroom | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

How can we ensure that our learners are digitally literate? The elements then become a stable foundation for any planning to start from. I have taken each of the elements and looked at it as a starting point for planning learning and teaching in my class leading to the following possible strategies.


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Why There Is No One Way To Go 1:1

Why There Is No One Way To Go 1:1 | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

In the end, you can look around at what other schools are doing or have done but that will only get you so far. Every school culture and situtation is different, hence there is no one way to roll out a 1:1 program that is magical and perfect. They all have their positives and negatives. At the end of the day make a decision and just do it!


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The Flipped Class Manifest

The Flipped Class Manifest | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

The "Flipped Classroom" is a term that has recently taken root in education. Much information and misinformation currently surrounds the conversation. We, as outspoken advocates for the "Flipped Classroom" concept, believe the following:


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A Collaborative Guide to Best Digital Learning Practices for K-12 | DMLcentral

A Collaborative Guide to Best Digital Learning Practices for K-12 | DMLcentral | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

To teach responsibly in a digital age, we have to respect what our tools can do to help us learn together -- and what tools alone cannot do. We need to be prepared to adapt them to our specific needs as teachers and learners. We need tools that are as open as possible, that are designed to encourage students to participate and not simply consume. And we need to support teachers who are also learning how to use new tools for the most innovative, imaginative, interactive teaching.


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The Dos and Don'ts of Tech Integration PD

The Dos and Don'ts of Tech Integration PD | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

Teachers need support, and they need to see how technology will help them do what they do better and more effectively. They also have different needs, just like students, and may be coming with a variety of experiences and skill levels with technology.


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How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom

How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

But technology is only as good as the system it’s applied to. Much like a fresh coat of paint will not improve the fuel efficiency of a ’69 Mustang, the application of technology to a broken system masks deeper problems with short-term gains.


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Singapore's 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series) | Edutopia

By cultivating strong school leadership, committing to ongoing professional development, and exploring innovative models like its tech-infused Future Schools, Singapore has become one of the top-scoring countries on the PISA tests.
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One-to-One or BYOD? Districts Explain Thinking Behind Student Computing Initiatives

One-to-One or BYOD? Districts Explain Thinking Behind Student Computing Initiatives | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

One-to-one computing initiatives, which first emerged in the 1990s, remain a popular option for many school districts, provided they have the funds to implement it. Increasingly, those facing severely ­constrained budgets are viewing BYOD as a cost-effective way to achieve their one-to-one goals by leveraging the notebooks, netbooks, tablets, smartphones and portable media players that students already own.


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Integrating Infographics into the iClassroom

Integrating Infographics into the iClassroom | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

“Common Core Standards: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears”


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The Wrath Against Khan: Why Some Educators Are Questioning Khan Academy

The Wrath Against Khan: Why Some Educators Are Questioning Khan Academy | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

Khan fits the model educator that Gates talks about: someone with extensive training in math and science (Khan holds 3 degrees from MIT and one from Harvard) but no formal background in educational theory or pedagogy. He's a former hedge fund manager, with certainly no MA in Education. And in the narrative of Khan's rise to fame, it's his discovery by Bill Gates that is the turning point, launching Khan beyond tutoring family members and those that had discovered his YouTube videos -- those YouTube viewers have grown from the thousands to the millions, thanks in no small part to the praise and funding from Gates.


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Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin

Critical Thinking: A Necessary Skill in the Age of Spin | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

Fortunately, when students are educated about information-gathering techniques and critical thinking, they have the tools necessary to see through spin and make decisions based on fact, rather than myth or propaganda. Regardless of your subject, critical thinking is one of the most important skills you can teach.


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Integrating Infographics into the iClassroom

Integrating Infographics into the iClassroom | Instructional Technology-CCGPS | Scoop.it

“Common Core Standards: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears”


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