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Technology Experts in Schools: Teacher Leaders or Technicians? - Leading From the Classroom - Education Week Teacher

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Patrick Ledesma is a National Board-certified teacher and School Based Technology Specialist in Fairfax, Virginia, where he focuses on instructional-technology integration and special education at the middle school level.
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35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking | Childhood101

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I’ve scoured the internet, including all of my favourite social media sites, to bring you a fantastic collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources that I know will inspire and motivate both you and your students. The collection includes Lego, science, practical activity ideas, engineering, videos, animation, technology and a tonne of fun facts – so there is sure to be something for everyone!

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Two Great Chromebook Tools to Hold Video Chats with Students via @medkh9

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Free Technology for Teachers: Telling Stories With Storyboards - Webinar Recording

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Last night I hosted a webinar about using storyboards in the classroom. The webinar was sponsored by Storyboard That. Thanks to everyone who joined us live.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 11 Google Apps Updates You Might Have Missed This Month

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7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback

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On May 26, 2015, Grant Wiggins passed away. Grant was tremendously influential on TeachThought’s approach to education, and we were lucky enough for him to contribute his content to our site. Occasionally, we are going to go back and re-share his most memorable posts. Yesterday we shared an article on close reading, and today Grant looks at providing better feedback for learning. 

Whether or not the feedback is just “there” to be grasped or offered by another person, all the examples highlight seven key characteristics of helpful feedback.

Helpful feedback is –

Goal-referenced
Transparent
Actionable
User-friendly
Timely
Ongoing
Consistent
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School Climate Improvement Resource Package | Safe Supportive Learning

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Students learn best when they are in environments in which they feel safe, supported, challenged, and accepted. Research shows that when schools and districts focus on improving school climate, students are more likely to engage in the curriculum, develop positive relationships, and demonstrate positive behaviors.

To help schools and districts improve school climate, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments is in the process of developing the School Climate Improvement Resource Package (Resource Package).  The Resource Package will include a variety of resources to meet a range of needs among stakeholders interested in improving school climate. The first item for release is the Quick Guide (see below).  The other items will be released in the Spring and Summer of 2016.
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7 Academic Search Engines Not Named Google

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Amy Slatter's curator insight, May 5, 8:03 AM
For future reference, keen to try these out and see how good they are. I am a Google girl at heart, but willing to try something different.
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The Point Of School Isn't To Get Good At School: Transfer As The Goal Of Education

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Given that there is too much for anyone to learn; given that unpredictability is inevitable; given that being flexible and adaptive with one’s repertoire is key to any future success, it stands to reason that we should focus our ‘backward-design’ efforts on the goal of transfer, regardless of what and who we teach (and in spite of pressures to merely ‘cover content’ – which ironically inhibits transfer and worsens test scores, as I discuss below and in the next post).

The point of school is not to get good at school but to effectively parlay what we learned in school in other learning and in life.
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Best Cities to Start a Tutoring or Education Consulting Business (EdSurge News)

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"“Private tutoring alone is quickly becoming a $100 billion market,” writes Laura Zulliger, Chief Growth Officer at Payable. With such a big market, where (literally) do you start? Geography can make all the difference, says Zulliger. Here are the key factors, takeaways and data on the best cities to start a tutoring business."

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Zaption: Changing the Way Students (and Teachers) Use Interactive Videos to Learn

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Chris Walsh, Zaption CEO, says he thinks the reason awards keep rolling in for Zaption — the 2015 South By Southwest LAUNCHedu competition winner was also named to Fast Company’s “10 Most Innovative Companies in the World,” a list that also features Disney — is that the company was quick to notice a trend toward using videos for learning, and jumped at the chance to convert a passive medium into an active one.

“The way to do that is interactivity,” he says. “We built a platform that very easily allows anybody, not just an expert in video platforms or curriculum design, but a teacher or student, to take any video and transform it to a deeper experience.”
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Annie Cushing's Must-Have Tools :: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

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Numerous links to a wide variety of (mostly) free online tools to support SEO. -JL

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6 Storytelling Apps That Get English Language Learners Talking

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So how can we design speaking activities that don’t make our students’ hearts race and palms sweat? Digital storytelling can be an effective way for ELLs to practice speaking English without the stress of being “on stage.” Apps and tech tools allow students to practice in the comfort of their own home by themselves or with a caregiver. With digital storytelling tools, students can spend time formulating their stories, self-reflect and self-assess, collaborate with peers of differing skill levels, and in the end, feel confident in their abilities.

Here are a few digital storytelling tools to help get your ELLs talking.
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These apps a great for English Language Arts and world language learning, as well as for ELLs.

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How to Create Perfect Social Media Posts: Infographic

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Want to improve your social media posts? Check out the great tips on this infographic, and make better posts on your blog, plus 9 social networks!
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Learn About Depth of Field: 5 Easy Lessons to Improve Your Photos

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When it comes to learning basic photography concepts, depth of field (DOF) is one of the most important for beginner photographers looking to make the jump to “intermediate.” Understanding what depth of field is, how to alter it in your photographs, and some of the different artistic things you can do with it will all help you progress your photography to the next level.

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The Other Pair

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This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by Sarah Zorik titled The Other Pair and the themes of altruism and empathy. Students watch a short film, write a story, and speak about a story.
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Writing lesson for ELA, world language, or ESL educators. Nicely designed integration of a number of language skills.

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Short Overview of 12 Tools for Creating Flipped Classroom Lessons

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One of the most frequent requests that I get is for suggestions on developing flipped classroom lessons. The first step is to decide if you want to create your own video lessons from scratch or if you want to develop lessons based on videos that others have produced. In this post we'll look at tools for doing both.
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Kids Learning Skills and Being Awesome. – DIY

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The most creative community for kids in the galaxy. Use DIY to learn new skills and keep a portfolio.

 

5-Star rating from Common Sense Media

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"Parents need to know that DIY encourages kids to complete skill-based, hands-on challenges that often (but not always) require materials and outside help. The challenge descriptions are deliberately brief, so check out the posts by successful DIYers or some of the third party videos for more help. For each skill area, DIY lists a few materials to have on hand but doesn’t specify when to use them. Kids may need adult support to help choose appropriate challenges, find materials, locate a work space, and supervise their progress and safety. However, DIY encourages parents to take a back seat and let kids lead. A parent dashboard tracks and sends alerts about kids’ activities on the site."

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TED's secret to great public speaking

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There's no single formula for a great talk, but there is a secret ingredient that all the best ones have in common. TED Curator Chris Anderson shares this secret -- along with four ways to make it work for you. Do you have what it takes to share an idea worth spreading?

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Bobby Dillard, Lynnette Van Dyke
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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

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Amy Slatter's curator insight, May 5, 8:06 AM
More search engines to keep in mind. I have a lot of exploring to do!
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50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning -

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RT @SNewco: 50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning https://t.co/VcMMpVBrcm #edchat #edtech
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Amy Slatter's curator insight, May 5, 8:08 AM
Visual learning really helps, especially in Junior Secondary..
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Evolving from the days of the printing press, mass dissemination of information was, until the mid 20th Century primarily achieved using text. Whereas video, sound and movies, and images emerged as powerful social messages, within the classroom context the almost-singular focus on text as a means to communicate continued. And the means to create and disseminate these messages were retained in the hands of the knowledgeable creators.
With the advent of the web and its own evolution, we are no longer reliant on print media. We only have to consider the ongoing demise of print media companies, newspapers, journals and magazines to understand the overwhelming social movement to multimodal communication on the web. And at the spearhead of the movement is the capacity of the ordinary citizen to create the same resources as have always been created by the experts.
If we do not embrace this movement in formal education we are at risk of widening the divide between the visual learning that is more common in informal education, and what occurs in the classroom.
But beyond this even is the power of visual thinking, the use of graphic organisers to support and transform thinking. This resource demonstrates some of he common, and some of the less common.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Schedule Assignments in Google Classroom

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"For quite a while now you have been able to save announcements and assignments as drafts inGoogle Classroom. But the problem was that you would then have to go back and post them when you wanted students to see the posts. Beginning today that is no longer the case. About an hour ago Google announced that you can now schedule assignments, announcements, and polls to appear at a later time in your Google Classroom stream."

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Instructional Technology at ESU 8: "Stepping" through Story Arcs with Shoe Stories

Instructional Technology at ESU 8: "Stepping" through Story Arcs with Shoe Stories | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Learning about story arc and then applying each story element to our own writing.   
This was the goal for a recent technology-infused creative writing lesson with 4th graders.  This lesson is simple to replicate and adapt to a variety of educational purposes.  Here is how we worked through the process:
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How-to: Use Preview to put signatures on PDF’s, Pages Documents, and Mail messages

How-to: Use Preview to put signatures on PDF’s, Pages Documents, and Mail messages | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
As we have written about in previous articles, Preview is a valuable tool in OS X that does not get a lot of press. In this article, we will review how you can use Preview to capture your signature using the iSight camera on a Mac, then use it in Pages documents, to sign PDF documents, and as an image in your signature in the Mail app.
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The Global Education Conference Network - YouTube

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The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It i
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Dozens of great videos for educators from the Global Education Conference, going back to 2011. 

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