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5 Keys to Successful Student Collaborations | Thoughtful Learning

5 Keys to Successful Student Collaborations | Thoughtful Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Robert King

 

"As you know, group work can give teachers headaches and students nightmares. If set up poorly, collaborative projects often result in one person doing all of the work, while others contribute minimally or actually disrupt. Arguments, inefficiency, mess, and chaos follow closely.

 

"When set up well, though, group work taps into the power of collaboration. Here are 5 keys to setting up successful student collaborations."

 

Many practical and well thought out recommendations, clearly developed as a result of study as well as experience. -JL

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53 Ways to Check for Understanding

53 Ways to Check for Understanding | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This big, printable list of assessment strategies will help you identify new ways to check for understanding and verify what students have learned.
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Teachers' Guide to Computational Thinking - CodeBC

Teachers' Guide to Computational Thinking - CodeBC | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
A BC teacher's guide to computational thinking: what is it, how does it fit your existing curriculum, and how does it relate to coding in the classroom?

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The magic of QR codes in the classroom - Karen Mensing

Teaching is both a science and an art, and many teachers around the world spend endless hours perfecting their professional practice. At TEDActive 2013, a few teachers from the United States offer some tricks of the trade they've learned (and continue to hone) along the way.

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Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, October 14, 11:38 AM
Hemos trabajado mucho con códigos para realidad aumentada como Zappar, pero no hay que olvidar los códigos QR. Aquí una charla sobre su uso en educación. #tecedu
GwynethJones's curator insight, October 16, 1:55 PM

I am so proud of my GTAWA sweet friend Karen here! AND also honored and proud she used my QR Code tree in her preso! GREAT TEdX Video!

Gina Minks's curator insight, October 23, 10:44 PM
How can you increase patron engagement with QR codes?
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Create Animated Videos with Plotagon's Animate Your Classroom - Class Tech Tips

Create Animated Videos with Plotagon's Animate Your Classroom - Class Tech Tips | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
How are you using videos in your classroom? The folks at Plotagon Education have an awesome iOS app for teachers and students called Animate Your Classroom. This app was designed to make it super easy for educators and their students to create their very own videos using a mobile device. Perfect for any age level of subject area, Plotagon can be used to create animated videos that are totally shareable. This particular app was designed especially for schools making it perfect for educators looking to introduce students to a new way to create media.

One phrase you may have heard me use is tasks before apps. When I’m talking to teachers about technology tools I love to focus on apps like Animate Your Classroom that place the power to create in students’ hands. There is no one way to use this app. Instead, teachers can design a variety of tasks that give students the power to make a product that demonstrates their understanding. This is where Animate Your Classroom comes into play.
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Genial.ly - Create Interactive Infographics

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Genial.ly is the best web tool to create engaging interactive visual content (pictures, posters, presentations, etc) for people without programming skills.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 21, 4:58 AM

This looks like a great free tool for creating interactive infographics.

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Technical Data Made Simple with Visme

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A review of the steps you should follow to visualize technical information so that it is easy to understand and engaging for non-technical audiences.

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12 Educational Apps To Create Digital Portfolios

12 Educational Apps To Create Digital Portfolios | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Many educators are eager and willing to incorporate digital portfolios into their curriculum. Others are more hesitant, but remain curious about this newly evolved portfolio – wondering about how this technology might inspire and engage their students into more self-directed learning and reflection. Whichever side of the fence you are on, here is a list of classroom-approved resources to help get you started!
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A Flipped Learning Journey Featuring Jeremy LeCornu

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Read the story of Jeremy LeCornu of Brighton School in Australia, and how his encounter with Lee Crockett inspired him to try flipped learning.

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‘Makerspaces’ for science instruction also proving helpful for English learners

‘Makerspaces’ for science instruction also proving helpful for English learners | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Educators are finding that the new “makerspace” movement – a strategy to teach K-12 students science, math and technology through hands-on activities – is providing the added benefit of helping English learners become more proficient in the language.

"In makerspaces, students gather a few times a week in a separate classroom, library or museum for a group project using such technologies and materials as 3D printing, robotics, microprocessors, textiles, wood and wires to construct robots and other electronic gadgets. The teaching technique has been around since the early 2000s, and educators have applauded the idea for helping teach science, especially at a time when California and other states are phasing in the Next Generation Science Standards, which emphasize practical application of science over rote learning.

"But now experts are also seeing makerspaces as a valuable tool for helping improve English, as children talk through their work in teams and keep journals to record their progress."

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5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills

5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!

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Chris Carter's curator insight, December 1, 8:36 PM
Combining two of my favorite things!
GwynethJones's curator insight, December 4, 5:49 PM

Yup! 2 of my fav things, too Chris!

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10 Free Tools for Building Blended & Online Learning

10 Free Tools for Building Blended & Online Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Remember though that finding the right tool is important, but how you structure and design interaction with the content is way more important. Taking classroom activities and materials and placing them on a web-based platform and expecting them to work is sure way to disappoint students. You need to think carefully about how the student will engage with the materials and how the materials relate to each other to ensure that your materials don’t just test the students’ knowledge and abilities, but that they guide and enable the student to hypothesise and make and confirm deductions in order to encourage deeper levels of autonomous learning.

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10 Free Tools for Building Blended & Online Learning via @MarkEDeschaine http://sco.lt/...

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Harnessing the Maker Spirit: Dale Dougherty’s New Book, ‘Free to Make’ (EdSurge News)

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The people and the projects that Dougherty describes are delights: There’s Lisa Marie Wiley, “a woman with a fierce look in her eyes,” who learns how to wield a 3D printer to design and build her own prosthetic leg. There’s 12-year old Quin Etnyre, who starts his own maker-kit business. There’s Pam Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, who’s organizing school around maker activities. And there’s Nick Pinkston, who is creating the fully automated factory of the future.

These folks work hard—but they have fun. Plenty of it. And Dougherty is all for it. “With Make: magazine, I had an insight that adults needed