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Teachers need real feedback

Teachers need real feedback | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.” And with no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback -- and lays out a program from his foundation to bring it to every classroom.
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Powerful TED talk about teacher feedback.

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Is technology a silver bullet for language teaching and learning?

Is technology a silver bullet for language teaching and learning? | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it

Whereas using tech may have once meant a weekly trip to a computer lab, it can now involve anything, from Facebook and Twitter to podcasts and videos in the classroom. The question is: should teachers try to evolve their teaching to fit with the latest gadgets, or should they stick to their old ways?


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 12, 2014 11:37 AM

Interesting that this series is being funded by Rosetta Stone!!

LilyGiraud's comment, May 14, 2014 10:25 AM
If the teacher does not know the technology, he/she can't apply the pedagogy ... Technology is great to teach languages, I think a great software adapted to individual needs will substitute the teacher of languages in near future..
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The Phases of Inquiry-Based Teaching

The Phases of Inquiry-Based Teaching | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
A central goal of education is teaching critical-thinking skills. Inquiry-based teaching is an excellent path to this goal. Based partly on the philosophy that “humans are born inquirers,” the method focuses on student discovery over pushing information from the instructor. Along the way, the students explore multiple sources and contexts, ask questions and pursue hypotheses, and work to apply their theories to new and diverse situations. In doing this, they actively discover the interrelatedness among concepts, topics, and theories.

In general, all inquiry-based teaching follows three phases.

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11 Fantastic TED Talks That Explain How Your Brain Works

11 Fantastic TED Talks That Explain How Your Brain Works | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
Why are we the way that we are? Is there anything we can do to change the way we think, behave, and react? And even if we come to know how the brain works, are we limited by our underlying circuitry or can we overcome our limitations?

Over the years, TED has put on dozens of amazing presentations that highlight the mysteries of the brain and break them down in ways that we — laymen — can understand. Here are the most fascinating ones we’ve watched and enjoyed.

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Filomena Gomes's curator insight, May 21, 2016 3:43 PM
30 days challenge, living with less
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 21, 2016 6:23 PM
Who doesn't love TED talks!?!
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Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources | Edudemic

Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources | Edudemic | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
The intricacies & inner workings of technology can be intimidating, especially for students who may be more interested in what technology can do for them.
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Analyze My Writing

Analyze My Writing | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
An Online Writing Sample Content and Readability Analyzer: analyze your writing and get statistics on words you use most frequently, word and sentence length, readability, punctuation usage, and more.

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Monica Jan's curator insight, January 23, 2016 6:19 PM

This might be used as a useful writing analysis tool to find out the features of EFL writing. 

David Rowbotham's curator insight, March 18, 2016 7:46 AM

This looks a bit messy but has some useful features. It can pull out colocations and create close tests, so can be a real time saver.

Dennis Swender's curator insight, March 19, 2016 10:12 AM

This looks a bit messy but has some useful features. It can pull out colocations and create close tests, so can be a real time saver.

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The Future of Work: Join the Maker Movement

The Future of Work: Join the Maker Movement | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it

"What if we could get more people out of meaningless jobs and into work that they enjoyed? What if many jobs became easier or were altogether eliminated so we had more free time or do other kinds of work? What if we could do something more innovative and creative? This has always been the promise of automation—that it would free us to do something else more valuable. Do we still believe in that promise?

A headline such as “Robots Will Steal Your Job” makes me think not, and that the Luddites have returned to stoke our fears about machines. Losing faith in the utility and even beauty of machines is losing faith in the kind of future we can build. We need more machines and even smarter robots that can do more for us."


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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 6, 2015 4:04 PM

adicionar sua visão ...

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A venture capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here’s what he found.

A venture capitalist searches for the purpose of school. Here’s what he found. | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it

In an attempt to be systematic, I decided to categorize what I observed in schools. One column for things that helped prepare kids for life. And one column for things that were irrelevant. I expected both columns to fill up quickly.



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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 9, 2015 12:46 AM

Quite long but worth a read.

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ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015

ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015 | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
The maker movement was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that’s a good thing for me. After following maker initiatives with great interest for some time now, I have the opportunity to design a maker space this year for 6th–12th grade students at my school, Worcester (MA) Academy.


A search of this year’s program at ISTE, held June 28 to July 1 in Philadelphia, using the term “constructivist learning/maker movement” resulted in 67 related sessions. The ISTE Librarians Network hosted a maker station at their Digital Age Playground and convened a panel on library maker spaces, featuring elementary and middle school librarians, a school administrator, and the coordinator of a public library maker initiative. Vendors and exhibitors demonstrated tools, lessons, and ideas for maker spaces. Meanwhile, a four-hour Maker Playground Wednesday morning drew a huge crowd of attendees.


One of my goals at the conference was to gather ideas and tips to help me create my library’s maker space. Here are some highlights of what I discovered at ISTE."


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Create your own animated video - Explee

Create your own animated video - Explee | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
Explee allows you to make eyecatching and interactive animated video. Go for video scribing and whiteboard animation to blow your audience away.
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Pen? Keyboard? Voice? Touch? Computer Interfaces and their Impact on Learning - Microsoft in Education Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Pen? Keyboard? Voice? Touch? Computer Interfaces and their Impact on Learning - Microsoft in Education Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
At Microsoft, we believe providing quality education to the 1.4 billion students around the world is essential to the future of our society. Effective, immersive learning experiences inspire students to demonstrate creative thinking. The right technology can empower education, inspire learning anywhere, and unlock the potential of students, educators, and schools. To make this technology available worldwide we partner with education communities, delivering solutions, services and programs that enhance learning and school management.

Microsoft in education empowers educators to:

• Inspire students to create and demonstrate critical thinking
• Learn anytime, anywhere
• Prepare students for their futures
• Transform and modernize schools and college campuses
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Office mix for teachers

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Office Mix for teachers is a collection of resources to help school administrators, teachers and student to get the most out of Office Mix.
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Office Mix can transform your flipped classroom.

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PollJunkie.com - Free, easy polls - No registration required

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Simple Poll tool that does not require an account for teacher or student!!

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Design Thinking Develops Empathy

Design Thinking Develops Empathy | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
How might we encourage our students so that they understand their own power and ability to change their world by taking action? The answer is simple: start small, make it relevant and local, and use Design Thinking to manage the process. Design Thinking is a codification of the artistic or scientific process and starts with empathy and understanding. Students gather insights, define the problem and then brainstorm multiple solutions before moving forward to prototyping and testing their ideas.  In this post, I will share ways you can use Design Thinking to foster global competence in your classroom.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, June 14, 2016 5:50 PM

Article on design thinking for teachers and students.

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Tinkercad - Create 3D digital designs with online CAD

Tinkercad - Create 3D digital designs with online CAD | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. Quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer with Tinkercad.

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Lihi Telem's curator insight, June 2, 2016 2:04 AM
כלי ליצירת מדלים להדפסה בתלת מימד
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 20, 2016 12:57 PM
Great tool for creating 3D printing projects. 
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How the World Uses Twitter [Infographic]

How the World Uses Twitter [Infographic] | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it

A staggering 500 million tweets are sent per day, and 80% of active users are on mobile.

Some 302 million people actively use Twitter—in myriad ways. Here are some stats about Twitter use around the globe, according to HubSpot.


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donhornsby's curator insight, May 3, 2016 10:48 AM
Interesting infographic...
Craig Broadbent's curator insight, May 3, 2016 8:12 PM
If you are looking to use twitter to drive business then this info is important!
La pluma digital's curator insight, October 28, 2016 3:01 AM
¿Sabes cómo se utiliza Twitter alredor del mundo? 
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Microsoft Hack the Classroom Registration - Microsoft Education

Microsoft Hack the Classroom Registration - Microsoft Education | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it

Sign up for this free digital event designed to give educators insight into the latest trends in education.

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The 10 questions to ask before you start your one-to-one program | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Ann McMullan shared 5 "start factors" that she called the keys to success of any one-to-one program as well as the top questions schools should ask themselves.
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Green screens and underpants: How I engaged my little monsters! - Innovate My School

Green screens and underpants: How I engaged my little monsters! - Innovate My School | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
My job as a Year One teacher is many things, but it is certainly never dull! I count dressing up, leaving mysterious messages and generally making a bit of a fool of myself as all in a day’s work! Luckily, my colleague is almost as crazy as me and fully on board for the ride! Faced with a lively and very enthusiastic cohort, we wanted to end the previous school year with a topic which would really engage them. Thus we began our topic ‘Do monsters live amongst us?’ by hooking pupils into Claire Freedman’s book: Monsters Love Underpants.

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These eleven-year-olds have created a device that could help prevent bullying - BUSINESSETC

These eleven-year-olds have created a device that could help prevent bullying - BUSINESSETC | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it

"IF YOU CAN think back to what you were doing when you were eleven-years-old, the chances are that demoing your own tech product in front of thousands wasn’t one of them, but that was the case for these five students.


The product in question was BullyBug, a wristband that aims to reduce bullying. When a child presses a button on the wristband, it sends an alert to the teacher’s phone via its app. The teacher can later sit down with the child and help solve the problem.


The idea was conceived by five 5th class students from St. Audoen’s National School in Dublin city centre: Katelyn O’Connell, Chloe Long, Ben Hughes, Nadine Costello, and Daniel McCann."


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How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom

How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it

Flipped learning is more than just having students do homework during the school day. It’s more than just putting the onus on students to teach themselves. In fact, it’s neither of those things. Don’t be fooled by simple explanations of flipped classrooms that simplify a highly complex undertaking.


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Jess Farley's comment, May 29, 2016 6:55 PM
Great article Mina! I have seen this strategy on prac. The students love it.
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, May 30, 2016 4:03 PM
A short and easily read introduction to flipped learning.
Tim Pennycuick's curator insight, June 2, 2016 6:37 AM
Very good comparison between traditional and new ways of teaching and learning.
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Little Story Creator - A Free App for Creating Multimedia Stories - iPad Apps for School

Little Story Creator - A Free App for Creating Multimedia Stories - iPad Apps for School | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
Little Story Creator (not to be confused with the similar sounding Little Story Maker) is a free iPad app that students can use to create multimedia stories on their iPads. The app was designed with students in mind and is therefore rather easy to use. On the app students can create multiple page stories. On each page of their stories students can add images and videos, type text, draw, and apply digital stickers. Students can also record audio on each page to narrate their stories.

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Fortunately….Unfortunately Journey of Instructional Coaching and Education | Coffee For The Brain

Fortunately….Unfortunately Journey of Instructional Coaching and Education | Coffee For The Brain | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
Fortunately, I have been lucky and blessed to call myself an Instructional Coach for an amazing middle school Unfortunately, not everyone knows what exactly “instructional coach” means including myself. Fortunately, through small steps and big lunges we have begun to define what instructional coaching encompasses. Unfortunately, we have developed various definitions of what it means and what we can do. Fortunately, at our building we have had an administrative team that has supported and backed
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Used Effectively or Simply Used?

Used Effectively or Simply Used? | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
Beth Holland shared her presentation "Used Effectively or Simply Used" from the ASCD conference 2015 as a slide deck via Twitter. The message from her slides caught my attention... I kept thinking ...
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Love this Infograph!

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Webtools: No Registration Needed for Students

Webtools: No Registration Needed for Students | Integration Inspiration | Scoop.it
Welcome to my list of webtools that don't require student registration. This started off as a simple curation for myself and has ballooned into something that I never thought would get this big. An...

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