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Bamboo DiRT - Digital Research Tools

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Numerous links to useful websites for online research, arrayed in categories. Each link is described briefly. Nice job.

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I'd like to thank @suifaijohnmak from whom I learnt about this site in his excellent blog posting "Reseach Tools

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Secret Teacher: My pupils' creativity is being crushed by the punctuation police

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Children should be dreaming up quirky characters and gripping cliffhangers. Instead they are worrying about semi-colons and the passive voice

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These 15 projects are solving the world's toughest education problems :: mashable

These 15 projects are solving the world's toughest education problems :: mashable | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Sky-high suspension rates, bullied kids and underfunded schools — those are some of the hot education topics in the United States. But in other parts of the world, teachers, parents and policymakers are grappling with challenges such as a lack of school buildings or teachers, scarce electricity, and extreme poverty, which often forces young people out of the classroom and into the workforce. 

The solutions to some of these issues might be found with the finalists for the WISE Awards, an annual competition for innovative organizations and projects that address global educational problems. It was started in 2009 by the Qatar Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization based in Doha, Qatar, as an offshoot of the World Innovation Summit for Education. The competition awards six winning organizations or projects $20,000 — funding that helps expand their ability to make a difference.

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Educational Leadership:Giving Students Ownership of Learning:The Architecture of Ownership

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How can schools build a climate that takes students beyond mere engagement and into ownership of their learning? Here are four roles for students.
Any conversation about student ownership in education would be incomplete without mention of John Dewey. It was his Democracy and Education (1916) that helped me see the connection between student involvement and student ownership. According to Dewey, the type of activities that stimulate real involvement "give pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking, or the intentional noting of connections; learning naturally results" (p. 181).
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12 Great Formative Assessment Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning - Technology Vibe | ICT Nieuws

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Math Journals as Formative Assessment

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I’m a huge fan of writing in math class! While I was teaching, I had my fifth graders write in their math journals every single day.
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Jeopardy Rocks - Jeopardy Game Creator For Teachers

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"Educators who are fans of using games to facilitate learning will appreciate Jeopardy Rocks. This free, easy-to-use tool allows users to create and save their own Jeopardy game questions to use in the classroom. Users can then facilitate their Jeopardy games by projecting the game board onto a screen, wall, or other surface. Facilitators can reveal new questions by clicking on each square and adjust scores simply by indicating whether a team answered correctly or incorrectly. Facilitators may choose to adjust the number of players (or teams) to accommodate different class sizes. Users will need to sign up for a free account to create and save games."

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Cooking in the Archives - Recipes from 1600-1800

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"According to its About section, Cooking in the Archives "sets out to find, cook, and discuss recipes from cookbooks produced between 1600 and 1800." The blog is one of two planned products of a project begun in 2014 by Alyssa Connell, Assistant Director, Leadership Communications at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Marissa Nicosia, Assistant Professor of English at Penn State Abington. Currently, there are about four dozen recipes on the blog, and in true scholarly fashion, most recipe posts are fully attributed and often include images of the original manuscript on which they are based. For example, My Lady Chanworths receipt for Jumballs (cookies) begins with an image and transcription of the original from LJS 165, a recipe book dated between 1690-1802, located in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at University of Pennsylvania. This is followed by a modernized version of the recipe, with updated measurements and instructions, and process and finished images of the jumballs. The second product of the project is a "final feast where we will share the fruits of our research with our mentors and peers", although the date of this feast does not seem to appear as of yet on the blog."

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American Journal of Play 

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"How is the concept of "play" changing? How do varying social norms, conceptions of childhood, and educational policy impact play? The American Journal of Play is dedicated to "the history, science, and culture of play." Published by the Strong Museum - the "national museum of play" in Rochester, New York - the journal features contributions from psychologists, educational scholars, historians, neuroscientists, and other scholars and is "intended for educators, psychologists, play therapists, sociologists, anthropologists, folklorists, historians, museum professionals, toy and game designers, policy makers, and others interested in children and the importance of play". Recent topics include the potential educational value of alternative reality games, the efforts of a school district to reintegrate play into their curriculum, and a cross-cultural comparison of parent-child play around the globe. Full text of current and past issues is available online, and those interested can also sign up for a print subscription."

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Visualizing Isaiah

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"Visualizing Isaiah is an online exhibit by the Israeli Museum that highlights artifacts from the late eighth and early seventh centuries BCE. These tempestuous years, when the Assyrian Empire overthrew the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, also marked a time when the prophet Isaiah lived in Jerusalem. Readers interested in exploring the teachings of Isaiah and his prophecies may peruse the Book of Isaiah chapter-by-chapter or click on one of the museum's many artifacts from ancient Israel that the exhibit's curators have linked to text in the Book of Isaiah. These artifacts include wine jugs, figurines, and jewelry, as well as an assortment of other antiquities. Perhaps Isaiah's most notable prophecy is that in which he shares his vision of world peace (2:4); to help portray the imagery of this verse, curators have linked three of the museum's iron artifacts: a ceremonial sword, a hoe, and a plowshare. For a more interactive experience, visitors are welcome to uncover the secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls; all 66 chapters of the Book of Isaiah are documented on the Great Isaiah Scroll (dated to about 125 BCE), which represents only one of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls found in Qumran in 1947. Readers may examine the scroll in its original Hebrew or click on the digitized scroll for English translations. Visitors may also view the museum's other four digitized Dead Sea Scrolls or watch short video clips about the scrolls, each featuring Dr. Adolfo D. Roitman, curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Head of the Shrine of the Book."

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Diversity of Organisms | HHMI BioInteractive

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"BioInteractive is a website created by science education specialists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and hosts a rich collection of award-winning online resources for the biology classroom. Its Diversity of Organisms page contains a number of resources about characteristics, classification, and evolution of different organisms. One highlight of this page is its engaging short films: Popped Secret explains how scientists identified that modern day corn was cultivated from the teosinte plant and The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa, directed by Academy Award winner Jessica Yu, is a portrait of a young Mozambique boy who decides to pursue a career in biology in order to preserve Gorongosa National Park. BioInteractive also excels at providing accessible visualizations that illuminate biological processes, such as the lifecycle of a virus. Finally, BioInteractive includes an innovative, interactive activity called "WildCam Gorongosa" where students can examine 52 photographs from Gorongosa National Park and, with the aid of some online tools, see if they can identify animals."

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Black Quotidian: Black Quotidian

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"Maintained by historian Matthew Delmont, Black Quotidian is a digital project that commemorates "everyday moments and lives in African-American history." Sourced almost entirely from black newspapers, the articles featured here highlight events often overlooked by the mainstream press and that haven't made it into most history books. Delmont writes, "[b]y emphasizing the ordinary or mundane aspects of history I hope both to call attention to people and events that are not commonly featured in textbooks, documentaries, or Black History Month celebrations, while also casting new light on well-known black history subjects." Each day, the site features a single article (or advertisement) from major black newspapers providing a full citation of the article with accompanying commentary. Recent posts feature a 1933 Norfolk Journal and Guide article about the death of soprano Matilda Sissieretta Jones; a 1947 Cleveland Call and Post article about the wave of evictions impacting Cleveland's black community; and a 1977 Atlanta Daily World article about the formation of the African-American History Association, a group dedicated to helping African-Americans conduct genealogical research."

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5 effective ways to seriously cut back on iPhone data usage - SoftwareVilla News

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Here we’ve come up with five simple but highly effective ways to seriously cut back on iPhone data usage and prevent your iPhone data from overusing data.

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15 best tips every Pokémon Go user should know - SoftwareVilla News

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Here in this post we've come up with 15 best tips every Pokémon Go user should know. These tips will help you to survive the competition from other players

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A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 Educational YouTube Channels for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 Educational YouTube Channels for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Below is a curated collection of some of the best YouTube channels created by teachers for teachers. This is a work we have published a few months ago and is meant to provide teachers with a handy resource where they can access a plethora of educational video materials to use in their instruction. We have arranged these channels into the following categories: channels for science teachers, channels for math teachers, channels for chemistry and physics teachers, channels for learning English, channels for educational documentaries, and channels that provide intelligent content for students. Enjoy

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I am an advocate of YouTube for its educational channels. Explore some and discover the many resources available.
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Flood of Open Education Resources Challenges Educators

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With millions of pieces of open education resources flooding the Internet, educators face a "needle in the haystack" problem of epic proportions.
Sure, they can find hundreds, if not thousands, of free pieces of content to accomplish their mission with students, but how to find the right one, aligned to the right standard, for the right student, at the right time? That challenge lies at the heart of personalized learning, whether conveyed through teachers, technology, or some combination of the two.
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Several excellent sources of free, curated OER content mentioned in this article.

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5 Steps to do When Using Google Forms for Formative Assessment - Teacher Tech | Keeping up with Ed Tech

5 Steps to do When Using Google Forms for Formative Assessment - Teacher Tech | Keeping up with Ed Tech | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Use Google Forms to create quizzes. Follow these 5 steps each time you create a formative assessment to help make the process easier! Google Forms Quiz | Keeping up with Ed Tech
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How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery

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The Turtle Art project, and the concept of “doing” or “making” before any explicit instruction has been given, is part of the school’s attempt to shake up its teaching. Lighthouse Community Charter has to cover the same standard curriculum as district schools, so teachers have to choose carefully the times when they’ll spend a little more time and creativity on a difficult subject.

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Great Learning Activities to Use with Pokémon Go ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Pokémon Go is the top trending virtual reality game right now. It has been making news since its release a few weeks ago and for us in education, the game is already promising. Several teachers and educators have already been experimenting with it in educational settings and the results seem to be positive so far. For the uninitiated of you, Pokemon Go is ‘an augmented reality game that you can play through your smart phone. The app uses the coordinates of your GPS to determine your location in the real world and provides you with Pokémon characters to view and catch.Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighbourhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!’. To learn more about the educational potential of Pokémon Go, check out this resource.
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StayFocusd

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"Google Chrome users looking to boost their productivity may want to check out StayFocusd, an extension that enables users to limit the time they allow themselves to spend on designated websites. Once users add the extension, they can choose which websites they would like to limit their time surfing. One aspect of StayFocusd that may appeal to some users is that, unlike many productivity extensions and applications, it does not entirely block sites. Rather, StayFocusd allows users to allot a set amount of time to peruse marked sites. After this time is up, users will see a screen that says "Shouldn't You be Working?" when they attempt to load URLs that they have chosen to limit. Users may also remove URLs from this restricted list, but must wait 24 hours to access the site again. Thus, users can ensure that their daily browsing of social media, blogs, or newspapers is limited to a time of their choice"

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ABC Books | Rare Books and Special Collections

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"Alphabet books have been used for centuries and are often one of the first texts that young children will encounter. ABC books is an online collection of 55 English language alphabet books published between 1805-1987. These books were collected from the Cotsen Children's Library for a spring 2016 Princeton University class on children's literature and are available for the public to browse. As the website notes, these books reveal more than changing aesthetic sensibilities; each book provides insight into past conceptions of childhood, morality, humor, and education. Many books are designed to teach moral lessons alongside literacy lessons, including Take Your Choice! (1822) and Anti-Slavery Alphabet (1947). Others are intended to be humorous and a surprising number center around apple pie. Some books, as the site notes, include offensive images, highlighting the way stereotypes and prejudice were modeled and taught to children through text. While many are centered around text and rhyming couplets, others are centered on illustration, providing a glimpse into how design in children's books throughout the past two centuries has evolved"