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Using Technology to Raise Cultural Awareness

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I am from the UK, but I live and work in Curitiba in the south of Brazil. I have found that students are often very interested in how things are done in different countries...

 

This means that cultural awareness was a part of my teaching long before the current obsession with doing everything with technology. I am a firm believer in using technolgoy when it offers something different and there is a strong pedagogigcal case for doing so. All too often people use the latest high-tech gizmo just for the sake of using it.

 

However, technology has opened up certain ways of raising cultural awareness that perhaps weren't there before."

 

Using YouTube, Twitter, and WebQuests -JL

 


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5 Tech Tool Combinations for Taking Your Class Global ~ Edudemic ~ by Amanda Ronan

5 Tech Tool Combinations for Taking Your Class Global ~ Edudemic ~ by Amanda Ronan | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When it comes to tech tools, maybe one is the loneliest number. There are so many ways to combine technology into meaningful, collaborative, global workspaces for your students. By connecting your classroom with others around the world – and connecting tech tools to each other – your students will develop as learners and global citizens. Working in solidarity with their international peers, your students can lead the way toward global change.
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New Learning Times : Article The Maker Generation

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by Ching-Fu Lan


"Who are makers? Depending on which aspect you examine, makers can be designers, programmers, artists, engineers, hackers, or inventors. While makers put on different hats as they work on projects, the commonality is that they are all passionate about what they are making. Unlike other new educational ideas and movements, the good news for educators about the maker movement is that it embraces and is a perfect fit with the learning-by-doing philosophy, one of the most effective learning approaches that helps them engage learners easily.


"Aside from the doing, what are some other gripping elements that attract youth to maker activities? Young makers in this video provide some insightful answers and share their experiences about making. The can-do spirit developed throughout trial-and-error and supportive open communities seem to be key ingredients for successful maker spaces. Other good news for educators: many makers are driven not only by making things work, but also making them better."

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Futuresource BETT 2015 Show Report

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Futuresource fielded a team of nine analysts at the BETT show this year and reported in detail on exhibitors, new technologies and industry sentiment.
Enter your details below to download your free 46-page show report, which provides a roundup of these findings.


This is the largest ed tech conference in the UK, similar to ISTE in the US. The report is free, after free registratiion. The report itself is most informative regarding the latest trends, particularly in hardware and infrastructure.-JL

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5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

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With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.

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Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

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Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 22, 2:28 PM

Tons of links to best practices for Project-based learning, assessment, standardized tests and research.

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Looming Teacher Observation? 7 Tips For A Better Outcome

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by Jason Lange


"With all of these thoughts swirling, even the most effective teacher can stumble during an observation. But there are a few things a teacher can do to diminish the likelihood of this happening. The key is to be prepared, welcome feedback, and use it to build a better classroom."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 28, 8:39 PM

What would be the purpose of observations done infrequently? It is important to build relationships which help teachers grow.

 

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Becoming a Blended Learning Designer - Free MOOC from EDUCAUSE and Univ. of Central Florida

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Course starts Feb. 23 and runs for 5 weeks. Aimed at K-16 educators.


" EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida (UCF) are bringing back the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Instructure's Canvas Network with "BlendKit2015: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer," their second installment on the merits and methods of blended learning. The BlendKit2014 course was EDUCAUSE's first-ever MOOC, and it elicited a tremendous response from the higher education and K-12 communities."

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App of the Week: Gooru ~ Haiku Learning

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Gooru is a free personalized learning solution that enables teachers to find, remix, and share collections of web resources on any K-12 topic. With millions of open multimedia resources and quiz questions, Gooru organizes all online learning content and connects a community of educators and learners to meet students’ unique needs. Gooru is open-source and free."
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5 Tips For Great Sounding Audio Podcasts

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by Jeffrey Bradbury


"How do you podcast? What equipment do you need?  How long is a podcast? What do you after a podcast is recorded?

"To answer some of these questions and to help you out on your podcasting journey, here is a list of 10 tips and tricks I have learned over time while creating more than 500 audio and video podcasts.  This post will serve as part 1 where we will cover the audio side of podcasting, and part 2 will cover video podcasting."

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5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills

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For educators who are interested in using games for learning -- specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards -- here are five games students can enjoy and that we’ve found sync with standards.
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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

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by Jackie Gerstein


"I’ve posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes.  This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment.  This assessment contains questions to assist the educator in evaluating if and how s/he is facilitating these skills and attributes in the learning environment."


Jim Lerman's insight: If Gerstein says it's good, you can be sure it is!


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Silvan Pan Morel's curator insight, January 18, 12:23 AM

añada su visión ...

Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 18, 12:45 PM
I have the article elsewhere but love the visual that is provided here. Great sign for teacher lounge, mail room as well as a PD topic.
SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, January 20, 1:57 PM

This reminds me so much of the 12 Virtues of a Good  Teacher. 300 years ago, but still very essential to the process of education.

http://www.delasalleoaklands.org/uploaded/uploaded_documents/Lasallian_Animator/Formation/12VirtuesGoodTeacher.pdf

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A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

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"Professional learning that is relevant, collaborative and future focused can have a highly positive impact on teacher quality. Here you will find resources that develop an understanding of effective professional learning as well as access to free online learning modules."


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Laura Rosillo's curator insight, December 3, 2014 12:57 PM

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, December 6, 2014 6:17 AM

Adults toolkit for learning

Randy Bauer's curator insight, January 28, 1:39 PM

If you are providing online courses, or an information product, to adults this is a great reference.

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Learn Computer Programming ~ ZEEF

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by Katie Williams


"Get with the program! Coding for kids, coding apps for kids, coding workshops, and programming resources for more intermediate developers! Help me to build a crowd sourced directory for the best resources to learn HTML and CSS, learn javascript, learn python, learn ruby, and more!"

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8 K-12 tech tools to watch in 2015 ~ Education Dive ~ by Roger Riddell

8 K-12 tech tools to watch in 2015 ~ Education Dive ~ by Roger Riddell | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Over the last few years, technology has reshaped the classroom in many ways — and is continuing to do so. From digital textbooks and platforms that make teaching often-complex STEM subjects simpler to deep data analytics that measure and predict student achievement, ed tech is addressing a number of issues in the nation's schools.

"Even so, there's such a large amount of tools and platforms out there now that it can be difficult to see some of the most promising developments in the space. To make it easier, we've selected eight of our favorites that districts and schools should have on their radars."

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New Learning Times : Article Evaluative Comments in Online Discussion

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by Ting kYuan


"How do instructors design quality online discussion for student teachers? A recent quantitative study examined the online discussion threads of 21 pre-service and in-service teachers based on their experiences watching videos in a graduate teacher education course. Specifically, the course instructor assigned a series of animated geometry teaching episodes for discussion. The animated video stories contained different versions of classroom teaching events, including critical events that might not align with the best practices in the field.

"Students watched videos and time-stamped comments on LessonSketch, an interactive video-based learning environment featuring animated representations of math teaching. An explicit, succinct guideline was provided under each video: "The teaching is not necessarily exemplary or problematic. It is just a case of teaching that provides food for thought." Students were graded based on the thoughtfulness and insight of their comments. In addition, the instructor decided not to moderate the forum or comment on any of the student postings throughout the course."

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Plickers: collect real-time formative assessment data with just your phone or tablet

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Description by Vicki Davis


"But what if you have no computers, no cell phones, no nothing? Do you have a smartphone or tablet? If so, you've got two simple answers.

For verbal questions: Log into Plickers and create a page for each student. This tool will code in the student's name and answers. Hand each student their plicker card and ask a question. The student will hold the card up in the direction of their answer. Looking at the class through the camera on your smartphone inside the Plicker app, you’ll see the name of each student and whether he or she got the answer right to the question you just asked! BAM! (Hat tip to Richard Byrne for teaching me about Plickers in a recent interview.)"

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Fantastic Formative Assessment Tools that Give Great Feedback

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Use these tech tools to boost engagement while also getting great feedback about what your students know.

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Teaching Digital Students Non-Digital Things -

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by Terry Heick


"Like thinking, reading in the 21st century is different than in centuries past, endlessly linked in an increasingly visible web of physical and digital media forms. As symbols and their referents change, so do the cognitive processes and habits.


"So in this context of media abundance, what does the modern, 21st century “reader” look like? How can we appeal to their interests? Or, more precisely, what does it mean to “read” in 2015? What does a reader, today, look like?


"How can you teach digital students non-digital things?"

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The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic

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Click on each topic around the circle and be taken to resources for how to implement it. -JL


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Tania Gammage's curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:57 AM

This would be an excellent poster for a school library

Julie Aterman's curator insight, September 19, 2013 10:25 AM

This is great! I wish I could get it as a poster.

Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, Today, 10:42 AM

#información_proceso

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5 pros and cons of Obama's free community college plan

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by Keith Button


"Pesident Barack Obama announced his free community college plan to the nation last week, and the first wave of critics and advocates have had their say.

"Formally called “America’s College Promise,” the plan is modeled after the “Tennessee Promise” and offers free tuition for two years at community college to students who keep up a grade-point average of 2.5 or better, and who graduate within three years."

Here's a rundown of five pros and cons being debated about the plan so far:

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Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities: An Overview

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by Kristin Stanberry and Marshall Raskind


"The use of technology to enhance learning is an effective approach for many children. Additionally, students with LD often experience greater success when they are allowed to use their abilities (strengths) to work around their disabilities (challenges). AT tools combine the best of both of these practices.

"This article will introduce parents to the role of AT in helping their children with LD. The better informed you are about AT, the greater the chances your child will experience success in school, in recreation and, eventually, at work. You will also want to learn how to choose AT tools that are reliable and to select technology that is tailored to your child's individual needs, abilities, and experience."

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Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

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by Katrina Swartz


"With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country.

“I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything. Still others are bought, redesigned or just disappear — so it’s always good to know about an array of tools to suit the need at hand."

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Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools ~ University of Houston

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FREE ONLINE COURSE FOR K-16 EDUCATORS


Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools is a free online class taught by Dr. Sara G. McNeil & Bernard R Robin of University of Houston System


"Are you overwhelmed by the tidal wave of new technology tools available for teachers and learners? Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools can help channel that flood into a manageable power source for student engagement and motivation in your classroom! This course is designed to provide teachers with strategies to effectively integrate Web 2.0 technologies into their instruction. 


"You will learn how to use these tools effectively in your classroom through unique problem-based scenarios that will help you understand how to choose the best Web 2.0 tool. Our approach focuses on the task rather than the tool in an effort to improve communication, collaboration, presentation, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking in your learners. You will take part in a robust exchange of practical ideas while participating in online discussion forums and sharing your experiences and learning from fellow teachers about best practices with Web 2.0 tools in your content area."

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4 Free One-Week Courses on Problem-Based Learning from BIE

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"The following online classes are developed and facilitated by BIE, and focus on project design, management and assessment. After taking these classes, you will be able to improve your own PBL practice and share your knowledge with others. Additional classes will be added throughout the year. Follow @PBLUniversity on Twitter to get updates on upcoming classes.


"Please note that classes will only take place if the minimum enrollment is reached. Spread the word about a class you’d like to take place by telling a friend to enroll!"


Jim Lerman's insight: Buck Institute is one of the best places to go to for resources on Project-Based Learning. These courses are sure to be excellent.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 21, 8:02 PM

The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is a go to site for learning about Problem-Based Learning, and they are offering four free one-week courses during February and March. The courses are:

* How to Create a Driving Question

* How to Manage Student Presentations

* How to Assess Critical Thinking

* How to Include Content and Competencies

You may register for the first two courses now. Registration for the other two will open on Feb. 4, 2015.

Additional information is available on the courses at the website (click through to the course).

There is a maximum enrollment of 300 so if you are interested in checking these out it would be good to go to the website sooner rather than later.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 24, 12:03 AM

Great resource! Thx Beth Dichter

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Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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by Steve Kolowich


"When Michael Henderson is grading his students’ final assignments, he likes to skip the written comments for them. Instead of a red pen, Mr. Henderson, a senior lecturer in education at Monash University, in Australia, takes out a video camera. He records a five-minute, unscripted critique for each student. He doesn’t bother editing the videos, even if he says “um” a lot or has to rephrase a sentence or two.

"Mr. Henderson and Michael Phillips, a colleague on the education faculty, have been doing it this way for about five years. They say their students prefer video feedback, finding it clearer and seemingly more sincere than written notes, notwithstanding the lack of polish. And making the videos takes the instructors less time, on average, than would writing out comments longhand.

"The two Monash instructors recently wrote about their video-feedback method, in a paper that analyzes survey responses and unsolicited notes from 126 of their students. “A surprising theme in the data was that students reported that they felt the feedback to be ‘real,’ ‘honest,’ and ‘authentic,’” they wrote in the paper, which will appear in a coming issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, a peer-reviewed journal."

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