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Things You Really Need to Learn

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This is, in my view, what you need to learn in order to be successful. Moreover, it is something you can start to learn this year, no matter what grade you're in, no matter how old you are.

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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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7 Academic Search Engines Not Named Google
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Amy Slatter's curator insight, Today, 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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How to Make an Explainer Video: Step-by-Step Instructions [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Whether you’re having your marketing videos made by an explainer video production company, an independent designer or simply by yourself, this neat infographic crafted by Yum Yum Videos will help you learn how the work is done, what to expect in each step, and how to check the video making process before it’s complete. Check it out:
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Don’t Be “Cool,” Be Interested — The Synapse — Medium

Don't Be "Cool," Be Interested - The Synapse - Medium
In thinking about this exchange, I think I’m coming to realize that what my students valued about the conversation may not have been the subject matter necessarily, but rather that I was willing to stop the lesson for a few minutes just to have a talk about why I found it interesting. When interacting with other students, I try to do the same thing: allow the conversation to proceed naturally from a genuine question, and not worrying about a specific academic goal for every interaction. I’ve had some of my deepest, most interesting, most academically rigorous conversations with students based on this questioning method — they aren’t used to teachers allowing themselves to get sidetracked from the lesson at hand, but once they realize that they aren’t being played in some way, they engage at an almost miraculous level.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 3, 10:37 AM
Expressing an interest in a topic and stopping to have a conversation with students in the midst of well-planned lessons is the magic of teaching.
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Where Did the Time Go? | #TimeManagement Tips

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55 Valuable Tips to Save Time

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55 Valuable Tips to Save Time

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, April 22, 7:06 AM
Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. Another excellent application for time management is the use of mind maps. Each professional should have one, to organize ideas in time and thus optimize it. For those who speak Spanish or Portuguese, more about time management can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
Obalys Consulting's curator insight, April 27, 8:26 AM
La Liste est longue... Mais interessante
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CristinaSkyBox: Being Learner Centered

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Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Caroline B. Laurens
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The Teacher’s Guide to Tech Might Be Your New Best Friend

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The Teacher's Guide to Tech isn't just your new favorite technology guru. It's your new best friend!

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Caroline B. Laurens
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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, April 7, 12:28 PM

Awesome resource!

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

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Amy Slatter's curator insight, Today, 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, Today, 8:08 AM
Visual learning really helps, especially in Junior Secondary..
Sample Student's curator insight, Today, 5:16 PM
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

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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

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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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5 Major Tasks Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on Google Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Major Tasks Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on Google Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Google Classroom is one of the best web-based platforms teachers can use to facilitate their work and create paperless classrooms. It can help you establish a virtual space for your class where you can share educational resources with your students , distribute assignments, hold discussions, collect feedback and grade your students works among other things.  Additionally, Classroom seamlessly integrates with your Google Apps for Education account allowing you to access and use materials you have on other Google services including Docs, Calendar and Gmail. The purpose of our post today is to share with you what we think are the five main tasks every teacher should be able to do on Google Classroom.  We have only included instructions for Classroom on the web, for those of you using Classroom mobil apps, click on the hyperlinked titles to access details about how to use it on your mobile devices.
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10 Steps to Writing an Explainer Video [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Sometimes you just need someone to explain to you how to write an explainer video. It's not circular logic, it's a great new infographic. Starting with the planning and detailing the writing process, this infographic will have you ready with a script in no time. Clarify your objects and identify your audience and start writing!
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Obviously, this infographic is for a business setting. But, as they say, a little thought will enable the process to be transposed to education.

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How to Make a Content Calendar Using Evernote - The Noshery

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I have been using Evernote for sometime now as a content calendar and this year I want to also use it to help keep track of content curation to share on social media.  I am going to share with you how I use Evernote to create content for my blog.
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So you have a Twitter account. Now what?

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I hear it all the time: “I have a Twitter account, but I don’t really know how to use it.”

I understand this thinking completely. Before I signed up to Twitter less than three years ago, I didn’t get it AT ALL. I would go to someone’s Twitter page—if that’s what it was even called—and none of it made sense. It was only slightly easier to read than HTML. I had a vague understanding that a “tweet” was a 140-character post, and some fuzzy memory of Ashton Kutcher doing some kind of charity thing on it a few years back, aaannnd that was pretty much it.

But I kept hearing people say things like, “Twitter is the best professional development I’ve ever had.” In my head I was basically calling BS on that. Because that’s what I tend to do when I don’t understand things. (It’s not my best quality.) So I went ahead and opened an account, and I pretty much did nothing with it for a while. Over time, I picked up a few tips, but it took about six months before I started using it with any regularity.

Now that I’ve been using Twitter for a few years, I get it. I really do. And I want you to get it now. Because I believe every educator really needs to be on Twitter and be able to use it well. All those Twitter accounts just sitting there, not getting used, are just wasted opportunity.
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